Today In History: May 2nd, 1885

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The Inaugural Issue of Good Housekeeping Magazine is Published

On May 2nd, 1885, a new era in home management and lifestyle advice began with the launch of the first issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Founded by Clark W. Bryan, a visionary journalist and publisher, the magazine was initially launched as a fortnightly publication but became a monthly publication as of 1891. The inaugural issue quickly gained traction among its target audience, offering a mix of insightful articles, helpful tips, and engaging advertisements.

The first issue of Good Housekeeping covered a wide range of topics relevant to the daily lives of middle-class women. From household management tips and budget-friendly recipes to fashion advice and literary excerpts, the magazine catered to the diverse interests and concerns of its audience. This approach to content ensured that Good Housekeeping quickly became a trusted source of information and inspiration for women across the country.

Good Housekeeping Magazine is celebrating the 100th birthday of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. (Photo Credit: Susan Watts/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

One of the most significant milestones in Good Housekeeping‘s history occurred in 1909 with the introduction of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. This iconic symbol, which adorned products deemed to meet the magazine’s high standards of quality and safety, revolutionized consumer advocacy and product endorsement. Over the years, the Good Housekeeping Seal became a hallmark of reliability and trustworthiness, guiding consumers in their purchasing decisions and reinforcing the magazine’s commitment to serving its readers.

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As Good Housekeeping continued to evolve and adapt to the changing needs of its audience, it solidified its legacy as one of the most respected and influential women’s magazines in the world. With its advice, inspiring stories, and dedication to empowering women in all aspects of their lives, the magazine remains a cherished companion for generations of readers with a priority on homemaking and community that has defined it since its inception on that day in May 1885.