[Item #5855] The Illustrated Review Vol. V No. 25 (September 1918). Edward Gardner [Publisher/ Lewis.
The Illustrated Review Vol. V No. 25 (September 1918)

The Illustrated Review Vol. V No. 25 (September 1918)

Atascadero, CA: The Illustrated Review, 1918. First Printing. Stapled Wrappers. Publisher & editor, Edward Gardner (E.G.) Lewis (1869-1950) was a renaissance man of the early twentieth century, establishing companies and towns (including Atascadero, CA) across the country as he pursued a utopian vision of gender equality. An early example of feminist writing, this edition of The Illustrated Review focuses on women supporting the war effort, and the slow progress of equity and suffrage is described with a frustrated vitriol invoking the Roman government’s ancient inclusivity that outdoes modern society’s: “At any rate, long after the rest of the nation was fully agreed that women really were human beings, and entitled to the same recognition as freed slaves and drunken guttersnipes by the body politic, the Roman senate stuck out, but finally was forced by public sentiment to give in,” (pg. 1). Lewis established organizations to educate and support women as they acquired a new type of power, and he strongly commended the effort and sacrifice of women in the war effort. Though there are no by-lines for the articles, the thoughts expressed must be rooted in the mind of Lewis himself. In this issue, women are shown manufacturing munitions, providing medical aid, farming fields, and repairing uniforms. Specific ladies of note are highlighted as inventors, educators, suffragettes, and nurses. Additionally, there are photos of soldiers on the front lines, world leaders’ activities, and aerial views of combat zones. Several pages show women and girls in fashion styles of the time as well as uniforms and hats. The aged advertisements for health supplements and medical devices are intriguing; some have the appearance of an article, inviting readers to be convinced of their product’s effectiveness. There also are mail-in down-payment purchase options for things like clothing, furniture, record players, and books. On the back cover, citizens are advised to avoid discussion of the war and encouraged to observe and anonymously report on their neighbors and friends that indulge in such dangerous conversation, brought to you by the Committee of Public Information. This historical gem offers a glimpse of a different era of American culture during one of the greatest evolutionary periods of our society. Large-Format Magazine in stapled wrappers: First Printing. In relatively good condition given its age; a label of the previous owner’s is adhered to the front cover over part of the word “review” in the title (see photos); moderate rubbing, scratching to front cover; significant wear, chipping along the binding edge; a small tear from one of the binding staples near the bottom affects all pages; moderate tearing to the fine edges of the covers and pages; and minor creasing to the bottom right-hand corner of the front cover and first two pages. Good. [Item #5855]

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