What can we learn from the relationship between how many pieces ran and how long they were?
We are providing here two distinct but related ways to measure the changing size of The Masses over time: by the number of words in each volume (in the left column), and by the number of “titled items” (or titled contributions to the magazine) that were also published in it (in the right column). The first row below charts the absolute shift in both measures over the course of the magazine’s history. In the second row, we’ve divided the totals from the first chart for each volume by the number of issues in that volume, producing the number of words and items that appear in an average issue for each volume. Finally, in the third row we have divided the totals from row one by the number of pages in each volume, producing the number of words and items that appear on a typical page in each volume.
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