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?
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.
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.
Front page of the final issue.