Impressions Magazine

Personal Impressions, March 1899
Personal Impressions, March 1899

Elder’s in-house magazine, sporting variations on the name Impressions, was published from 1899 to 1905. It contained a mixture of book reviews, short literary pieces, artwork, photographs and advertisements. Of particular note, Charles Keeler’s Simple Home (checklist 292) was serialized in Impressions Quarterly from June 1903 to September 1904.

An index to the 39 known issues of Impressions magazine can be found here, or choose “Index to Impressions Magazine” in the pull-down menu.

I1. Personal Impressions. The initial 1899 publication was a small single folded sheet, printed only on pages 1 and 3. Five monthly issues are known, but it’s likely that there were several more later in 1899.

Volume 1:
No. 1, March 1899
No. 2, April 1899
No. 3, May 1899
No. 4, June 1899
No. 5, August 1899
later 1899 issues not seen, but believed to exist

Personal Impressions, August 1900
Personal Impressions, August 1900

I2. Personal Impressions. In March 1900 Personal Impressions was upgraded to magazine format, and the numbering was restarted with Volume 1, Number 1. Each issue was about 24 pages long, with the pagination incremented throughout the volume. The cover design is by Morgan Shepard, whose monogram appears at lower right. Printed by Stanley-Taylor Co.

Volume 1:
No.1, March 1900
No. 2, April 1900
No. 3, May 1900
No. 4, June 1900, “Fiction Number”
No. 5, July 1900
No. 6, August 1900

Impressions, September 1900
Impressions, September 1900

I3. Impressions. In September 1900 the magazine’s name was shortened to Impressions, with a new cover design by Morgan Shepard. However, the numbering continues with Volume 1, Number 7.

Volume 1:
No. 7, September 1900
No. 8, October 1900
No. 9, November 1900, “California Number”
No. 10, December 1900, “Holiday Number”
No. 11, February 1901
No. 12, March 1901

Volume 2:
No. 1, April 1901, “Nature in Literature”
No. 2, May 1901, “Fairy Number”
No. 3, June 1901, “Fiction Number”
No. 4, October 1901
No. 5, November 1901
No. 6, December 1901

Impressions Quarterly, March 1902
Impressions Quarterly, March 1902

I4. Impressions Quarterly. In 1902 the magazine was renamed Impressions Quarterly, with another new cover design by Morgan Shepard. Publication was reduced to four per year, in March, June, September, and December. With Volume 3, number 1, Elder began calling himself “Paul Elder” instead of “D. P. Elder.” Morgan Shepard left the partnership early in 1903, and with Volume 4, number 2, the publisher changed from “Paul Elder & Morgan Shepard” to “Paul Elder and Company.” Volumes 5 and 6 featured yet another new cover design, this time by Spencer Wright, whose monogram appears at lower right.

Volume 3:
No. 1, March 1902
No. 2, June 1902
No. 3, September 1902
No. 4, December 1902

Volume 4:
No. 1, March 1903
No. 2, June 1903
No. 3, September 1903
No. 4, December 1903

Impressions Quarterly, March 1904
Impressions Quarterly, March 1904

Volume 5:
No. 1, March 1904
No. 2, June 1904
No. 3, September 1904
No. 4, December 1904

Volume 6:
No. 1, March 1905
No. 2, June 1905
No. 3, September 1905
No. 4, December 1905

I5. Impressions Annual. See Catalogue C12.

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