History of Early Amateur Journalism in South Carolina


IN 1869 IN CHARLESTON, Charles Gill published Our Mutual Friend. Ten years later Charleston had another amateur paper called Our Journal, issued by J. Tecklenburg. In 1881 a Charleston girl, Eva E. Britton, whose age was said to be 14 years, gained national fame by publishing a large four column paper named the Hurricane. Her paper carried a line reading, ôLargest circulation of any paper in South Carolina." Her success was in large part due to her attractive appearance and impressive selling talk among business men in New York and many other large cities. In Sumter the same year another young lady, Mary M. Darr, published the Mirror. In 1901, in Florence, George A. Alderman issued Pen and Press.



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