Blog note: The Yellow Book was a tremendous find in terms of exploring the Art Nouveau genre  in a series of blog posts. And, like the concept of the illustrated quarterly – I was able to combine a sampling of writers and artists from that era.  As a transitional post from The Yellow Book (and Art Nouveau) was a nod to  Erte, a master of  the modernized Art Deco style.

Scribner's Magazine, October 1909

Somehow it seems that  in addition to an examination of arts history, this blog is becoming a media history blog. I don’t want to be limited to that aspect other than to say that in the late 19th – early 20th centuries, magazines were one of the only vehicles available in which to bring art and literature to a wide audience.

So anyway, in doing blog research I found Scribner’s Magazine. I was aware of the publication,  but not  to its breadth of content.  This post, though, is not going to delve into Scribner’s many facets.

In fact, this post is about the Smithsonian – Roosevelt African Expedition in which “Scribner’s Magazine paid Roosevelt $50,000 to write about the journey, funds that helped finance Roosevelt’s portion of the expedition costs.”

“For a year the magazine published a monthly account of his adventures. These articles were gathered together and published as a book, African Game Trails, in 1910.”

And so from the the Smithsonian National Museum of National History’s website we find that … Three weeks after the inauguration of his successor, William Howard Taft, Roosevelt set out for British East Africa to hunt big game. The Smithsonian Institution co-sponsored the expedition.

On the way to the Wapiti Plains

Roosevelt was accompanied on the trip by his son, Kermit, who served as official photographer …

and three representatives from the Smithsonian. On March 23, 1909, Roosevelt and the expedition team set sail from New York City and arrived in Mombasa on April 21st. Two days later Roosevelt’s outfit embarked on a 581-mile rail journey to Port Florence on Lake Victoria.

To be continued …