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Broadway Brevities – alternately known as Brevities or Broadway Brevities and Society Gossip -was, at the time of first demise, in 1925, known as the most scandalous gossip magazine of all time. Edited through most of its existence by Stephen G. Clow, a Canadian from Prince Edward Island, who had moved to New York in the 1890s, Brevities hinted at the same-sex relationships or moral lapses of prominent industrialists and entertainment stars, and, in a remarkable series with the title Nights in Fairyland, described in detail the sites of gay and lesbian mingling in Manhattan. The first incarnation of the magazine ceased publication in 1925, when Clow was convicted of running it as the basis of a blackmail racket and was sent to the Federal Penitentiary in Atlanta, Georgia. Brevities was revived several times in the 1930s, as a magazine, tabloid newspaper and, finally, Canadian humour magazine. These periods in its existence are documented in other galleries on this site.
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