America's First Successful Humor Magazine
They invented some emoticons.
Puck was the first successful humor magazine in the United States. When originally published in 1877 it was 16 pages long and sold for 16 cents, which is 16 cents more than Americans are currently willing to pay for jokes.
Puck mostly traded in political satire until, in 1916, William Randolph Hearst bought it, cut the political stuff, focused on social…