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Picture Post Historical Archive, 1938-1957

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Picture Post Historical Archive comprises the complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957 - all digitised from originals in full colour. Picture Post's innovative use pf photo-journalism captured the imagination of the British people, with readership at its peak estimated at 80% of the population. In the era before television, it became the window on the world for ordinary people, bringing the major social and political issues of the day into popular consciousness. Above all, Picture Post provides a fascinating snapshot of British life from the 1930s to the 1950s, with thousands of photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things. (OCLC)

The Picture Post was an early example of photojournalism, similar to the American Life Magazine, and at the time similarly successful. Its Archive is fully searchable by the entire document, article title, caption, contributer name, keyword and document number. Otherlimiters include advertising, feature article, letters to the editor, cover, cartoons, photographs. The full text of the articles and illustrations for are available and can be downloaded as pdf files.

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IUB Library Subjects:
  • Journalism
  • European Studies
  • History
  • English and American Language and Literature

Library of Congress Subjects:

Great Britain -- Social conditions -- 20th century -- Sources.
Great Britain -- Social life and customs -- Pictorial works -- Periodical.