Brown University Library Special Collections

The Brown Jug debuted in February 1920

Posted by Jennifer Betts on February 5, 2008


88 years ago this month, the Brown Jug, Brown’s humor magazine, was first published in February 1920. The image displayed above is the cover of the first issue. Published monthly until the fall of 1933, the Brown Jug included such “jugglers”, as the staff called themselves, as S. J. Perelman (1925), who became a noted humorist and movie script writer for the Marx Brothers, Duncan Norton-Taylor (1926), who became managing editor of Fortune magazine, and William A. Dyer (1924), who became general manager and vice-president of the Indianapolis Star and News.

To see issues of the Brown Jug and learn more about Brown’s history, visit the University Archives in the John Hay Library. We are open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. For more information contact the University Archives at [email protected]

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