Visualizing the magazine's physical textuality.

The Changing Page Length of The Masses

Any magazine, as a serial, lends itself to longitudinal analysis over the course of its publishing history. We can, for instance, chart the fluctuations in the number of pages published in each issue of The Masses during its seven year history:

We can also use bar charts to represent the same information in slightly different ways. If we add up all the pages and group them by the volume in which they were published, we get this:

But since the volume groupgings here are somewhat arbitrary and not particularly comparable, a better measure of the change in pages comes from taking the average number of pages published in each issue in each of the seven volumes, which looks like this:

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