Harper Publishing Company
HARPER BROTHERS, printers and members of a distinguished American publishing firm which exerted a significant influence on letters and politics throughout the 19th century.
The name of their company, Harper & Brothers, was adopted in 1833. Harper & Brothers went into periodical publishing with the establishment of Harper's New Monthly Magazine in 1850. Harper's Weekly followed in 1857 and Harper's Bazar—later Bazaar—in 1867. The New Monthly Magazine serialized many novels and carried articles by leading American writers. In 1925 it became Harper's Magazine. Harper's Weekly attracted readers by printing outstanding illustrations, including Thomas Nast's cartoons, and by crusading for political and civic reforms. The firm faced a financial crisis in 1899 but was rescued by the financier J. Pierpont Morgan. In 1900 the business passed out of the family's hands.
adapted from: Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th Edition