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"News of the World" in the Dieselpunk era

The phone-hacking scandal around the English Sunday paper News of the World has dominated the news of the last week. Owner and media giant Rupert Murdoch pulled the plug as a result and publication of the paper with a history of 168 years and 8,674 editions ceased last Sunday.


The paper was first published on 1 October 1843 and held the title of being the newspaper with the largest circulation in the world. Its mission as defined at its launch in 1843 has been followed well into the 21st century: "Novelty of the Nation and the Wonder of the World"


It left me with the question: how did News of the World look like in the Dieselpunk era?


News of the World has always been dominated by crime and murder stories as the billboard from 1888 shows.


By 1912, the circulation was two million and around three million by the early 1920s. Sales reached four million by 1939. Other newspapers followed its success. From the copy cats, the Sunday People, the Daily Mail, the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror are still being published.


Cover of News of the World during the Great War.

The new building in Bouverie Street, London, in the 1930s.


In the Dieselpunk era the paper was lead by Lord Riddell and Sir Emsley Carr (editor for 50 years, 1891-1941). During this period it flourished enormously and by the 1950s sales had reached 8.5m.

A printing press in action on 18 April 1953.

A Printer studies a front page proof (18 April 1953).


Saturday afternoon in the News Room (18 April 1953).


Front page of the final issue.

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Comment by Dieter Marquardt on July 16, 2011 at 2:24am
Thank you, Larry.
Comment by Larry on July 15, 2011 at 7:46pm
Very interesting.

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