Published: 05th February 2021
#ThrowBackToday: The first issue of the magazine Reader's Digest came out 99 years ago today!
In today's #TBT, we remember Reader's Digest, a general interest magazine that has its roots in America and yet, it became widely read around the world. This is why it continues to remain awesome
Merely looking at a copy of Reader's Digest is a trip down memory lane. It had something for everyone, from your annoying sibling to your overzealous aunt. It was 98 years ago on February 5, 1922 that the first issue of this American general-interest family magazine came out in the US and the fever went far beyond the country and finally came to India in 1954. Because it was a treasure trove of stories, quizzes, trivia, tips and so much more, it was a staple in many households. Have you ever got your hands on the periodical that has a global circulation of 10.5 million yet?
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