Harpers Weekly Cover 25 January 1868 [Image, Text]


Harpers Weekly Cover 25 January 1868 [Image, Text]


The cover for the January 25th, 1868 publication of Harper’s Weekly radically differs from the British counterpart. The opening for Harper’s Weekly seems to cater primarily to the educated upper class for a number of reasons. First being the price of the publication, being nearly twice the cost of the British counterpart’s publication most likely from the inclusion of images within the journal. This is noteworthy consider the recent abolition of slavery following the American Civil War. The higher cost of Harper’s publication would have made it difficult for recently freed slaves to pay the steep price for the magazine, thus leaving the primary consumer demographic to more middle and upper-class citizens. In considering the recent social shifts occurring in America at the time, higher price of publication could have been seen as a symbol of status considering the cost of the publication. Another feature which signals a prestigious audience emerges from the top banned of the publication. The images pertaining to the banner encapsulate music, art, exploration, literature, scientific and mathematical instruments, as well as a globe. These inclusions, along with the subtitle of “A Journal of Civilization” attempts to reinforce American’s post civil war status as an intellectually, morally, and economically refined and superior nation. The effect that transpires with relation to Collins’ text is idea of the exotic other in the form of the three unnamed Indians within the narrative. The image of the globe and explored reinforce the idea of the cultural other through the representation of the three unnamed Indians within the narrative. The exquisitely detailed images of the cover of the magazine publication uses both current global events alongside sensationalized pictures to promote the sale of the magazine. While this trend of striking and bold cover images persists within modern media publication, the exquisite images function as simple glamour appeal for the purpose of promoting sales. It is worth noting where The Moonstone is positioned within the magazine. While Collins narrative emerges two pages after the title page of the journal, unfortunately, the page between these two pages was removed from the collected journal. While this is unfortunate, it does provide some insight as to how prevalent Collins narrative was being positioned so close to the beginning of the journal.


Archives and Special Collections


Calgary: University of Calgary



Peris, John.










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Harpers Weekly , “Harpers Weekly Cover 25 January 1868 [Image, Text],” University of Calgary Class Projects, accessed January 20, 2020, https://omeka.ucalgary.ca/document/500.