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Western Commercial Traveler History

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The Western Commercial Traveler was established in February, 1880, by S.H. Shoyster, proprietor and editor, as a monthly commercial travelers' paper. In July, 1882, it appeared as a weekly, with a list of contributors comprising some of the best known and most popular writers in the country. Besides being the organ of commercial travelers, it has a decidedly literary and humorous complexion.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Thomas Scharf, 1883).