Gebbie Press - from 1955 to the present.

- family owned and operated since the year 1955. We've published media directories for nearly sixty years. Gebbie Press was founded by Conley Gebbie, former PR man for Shell Oil and Pan Am Airlines in New York City in 1955. His first directory was called the Gebbie Press House Magazine Directory, which listed company-published magazines and was designed for freelance writers and photographers, who used it to sell their stories and pictures. His office was based on West 48th street in New York City. It was frequented by many writers and photographers because he had on display (hung up by their corners along all the office walls) a copy of nearly every House Magazine published at the time.

In 1971, he sold that directory to the National Research Bureau in Burlington, Iowa. His next idea was to publish a directory of all the print and broadcast media in the United States. There were several companies who published guides to newspapers, lists of magazines and radio station directories, but no one had ever (nor to this day have they!) organized all the media outlets in one compact volume. He called it the Gebbie Press All-In-One Media Directory, for obvious reasons. In 1974, just three years after the first edition, Con Gebbie died of cancer. His wife, Amalia Gebbie, former advertising manager at Bloomingdale's in NYC, took over researching and publishing the directory. She too would pass away, leaving me...

Mark Gebbie, son of Conley and Amalia Gebbie. When my father died, I became the Associate Editor of Gebbie Press at the age of eighteen. I was attending the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University when he died. When my mother passed, I became both the Editor and Publisher of Gebbie Press and have been so doing for nearly forty years now.
 




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