Cosmopolitan is a famous international magazine for women that is sold in over 100 different countries.

How the Internet Helps in Building a Cosmopolitan World
How the Internet Helps in Building a Cosmopolitan World


Cosmopolitan also known as Cosmo is a famous international magazine for women. First published in 1886 in USA, Cosmopolitan started out as a family magazine, transformed into a literary magazine and then became a women's magazine in the 60's. Cosmopolitan contains articles for relationship advice, sex, health, celebrities and fashion. It is published by Hearst Magazines, it has 64 international editions , printed in 35 languages and is distributed in over 100 different countries.
Cosmopolitan originally began as a family magazine which was launched as The Cosmopolitan by Schlicht and Field of New York in 1886. Cosmopolitan's circulation reached 25,000 in 1886, but in November 1888, Schlicht and Field were no longer in business. In 1889, John Brisben Walker acquired the magazine. In the same year, he sent Elizabeth Bisland on a race around the world against Nellie Bly to draw attention to Cosmopolitan.
In 1897, Cosmopolitan announced plans for a free correspondence school: ""No charge of any kind will be made to the student. All expenses for the present will be borne by the Cosmopolitan. No conditions, except a pledge of a given number of hours of study."" When 20,000 immediately signed up, Walker could not fund the school and students were then asked to contribute 20 dollars a year.
In 1905, William Randolph Hearst purchased Cosm for US$400,000 (approximately $11,000,000 in 2007 prices) and brought in journalist Charles Edward Russell, who contributed a series of investigative articles, including ""The Growth of Caste in America"" (March 1907), ""At the Throat of the Republic"" (December 1907 - March 1908) and ""What Are You Going to Do About It?"" (July 1910 - January 1911) and ""Colorado - New Tricks in an Old Game"" (December 1910).
With a circulation of 1,700,000 in the 1930s, Cosmopolitan had an advertising income of $5,000,000. Emphasizing fiction in the 1940s, it was subtitled The Four-Book Magazine since the first section had one novelette, six or eight short stories, two serials, six to eight articles and eight or nine special features, while the other three sections featured two novels and a digest of current non-fiction books. During World War II, sales peaked at 2,000,000.
Cosmo began to run less fiction during the 1950s. Circulation dropped to slightly over a million by 1955, a time when magazines were overshadowed during the rise of paperbacks and television. The Golden Age of magazines came to an end as mass market, general interest publications gave way to special interest magazines targeting specialized audiences.

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