Society Page

Want the scoops on the rich and famous? In the later 1800s and early 1990s, society pages in American newspapers reported on socialites, including rich people and government and military officials. News ranged from the mundane (e.g., trips and club meetings) to the extravagant (e.g., social events and celebrations).

The society pages reinforced the society’s “ruling class” and illustrated its desired, privileged lifestyle. These pages showed sociologists socialites connected with one another, their lifestyle, and ideology.

The New York Herald produced the first society pages in 1830s. By 1880s, many newspapers followed suit to attract women readers, and women reporters were usually limited to covering society and women’s pages.
Every Saturday, Hawaii newspapers’ society pages covered the “smart set.” In one to five pages, the society pages announced high-society social news: engagements, marriage, social events, club events (e.g. YMCA), celebrations, performances, trips, and new people (e.g., new pastor). They dropped names of prominent families, such as Cooke, Judd, Castle, and Hemenway, sometimes for paragraphs.

On Chronicling America, to view Hawaii newspapers with society pages, search for them in these newspapers’ Saturday issues:

The Hawaiian Star – “Social Events of the Week,” “Society”

The Hawaiian star., January 07, 1911, SECOND EDITION, Page THREE & SEVEN, Image 3 & 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1911-01-07/ed-1/seq-3/
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1911-01-07/ed-1/seq-7/
The Hawaiian star., January 13, 1912, SECOND EDITION, Page SIX, Image 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1912-01-13/ed-1/seq-6/The Hawaiian star., January 14, 1911,
SECOND EDITION, Page THREE & SEVEN, Image 3 & 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1911-01-14/ed-1/seq-3/
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1911-01-14/ed-1/seq-7/
The Hawaiian star., June 29, 1912, SECOND EDITION, Page SIX, Image 6
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82015415/1912-06-29/ed-1/seq-6/
The Evening Bulletin – “Chronicles of Society Folk,” “Society,” “Society Chat of the Week”
 
Evening bulletin., December 10, 1910, 3:30 EDITION, Page 12, Image 14
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82016413/1910-12-10/ed-1/seq-14/
Honolulu Star-Bulletin — Society 
Honolulu star-bulletin., May 23, 1917, 2:30 Edition, Page SEVEN, Image 7
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1917-05-23/ed-1/seq-7/Honolulu star-bulletin., December 29, 1917, 3:30 Edition, SOCIETY, Page TEN, Image 10
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014682/1917-12-29/ed-1/seq-10/Pacific Commercial Advertiser
The Pacific Commercial Advertiser
The Pacific commercial advertiser., September 20, 1902, Image 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1902-09-20/ed-1/seq-3/The Pacific commercial advertiser., September 13, 1902, Page 3, Image 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047084/1902-09-13/ed-1/seq-3/

The Honolulu Republican (“Fashions and Society”)
The Honolulu republican., June 16, 1901, Part I, Page THREE, Image 3
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85047165/1901-06-16/ed-1/seq-3/

The Maui News

The Maui news., November 07, 1919, Page EIGHT, Image 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1919-11-07/ed-1/seq-8/

The Maui news., November 14, 1919, Page EIGHT, Image 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1919-11-14/ed-1/seq-8/

The Maui news., November 21, 1919, Page EIGHT, Image 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1919-11-21/ed-1/seq-8/

The Maui news., November 28, 1919, Page EIGHT, Image 8
http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn82014689/1919-11-28/ed-1/seq-8/

– Alice Kim

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One Comment on “Society Page”

  1. […] was tea, coffee, ice cream, Hawaiian music, dance and high society in fine evening wear. But the real draw on the evening of July 21, 1886, was the simple spectacle […]


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