Years in print:
The paper was established in 1872 by H.F. Zider...It is issued weekly, and is a publication of one hundred and twenty-eight pages. Its peculiarity is the quoting of actual market values (jobbers' prices) of dry goods and groceries. It is claimed by Mr. Zider to be in a very flourishing condition. There are only two other similar publications in the country, one at New York and one at Chicago.
(From the History of St. Louis City and County by John Tomas Scharf, 1883).