1938 - 1957
The complete facsimile archive of the iconic newspaper that defined the style of photojournalism in the 20th Century
Saturday, September 9, 1939, Issue 10
“As a piece of British journalism Picture Post is unique. It presents a rich and varied pattern of British life and is a treasure trove for the growing number of social historians…” PROFESSOR PETER STANSKY Stanford University
Saturday, July 14, 1956, Issue 15
WHAT IS THE PICTURE POST? • Picture Post’s ground-breaking use of photojournalism publicised both great events and everyday life, capturing the imagination of the British people.
• With its populist editorial stance and candid 35mm photography, the Picture Post became an essential window on the world before the advent television. • Within 6 months of its first issue, circulation soared to 1.7 million. During WWII it is estimated that readership was at a staggering 80% of the British population.
KEY FEATURES OF THE PICTURE POST HISTORICAL ARCHIVE •The complete run from 1938-1957, including almost 50,000 pages •Digitally captured in full colour from print • In depth indexing and full text searchability • Multiple search paths, browse options and limiters to pinpoint results quickly • Users can magnify and crop images as required and store results • Cross-searchable with other Gale products 7 July 1945
DISCIPLINES COVERED: • History • Politics • Literature • Media & Journalism • Art & Photography • Cultural Studies • Family and Local History
14 July 1951
A RESOURCE FOR HISTORY: • An image gallery of turning points in the mid-20th century – from the years leading up to World War II to the first decade of the Cold War – the archive provides remarkable primary sources for any student, teacher or researcher of 20th century history.
• For the social historian, it offers an intimate photographic chronicle of how Britain’s poor, working, middle and upper classes lived from day to day and how these lives changed through the 1940s and 1950s.
‘This is War!’ Saturday, December 03, 1938; pg. 14; Issue 10
‘The Life of a Tramp’ Saturday, April 01, 1939; pg. 33; Issue 13
A RESOURCE FOR POLITICS: • The paper’s liberal and staunchly antifascist manner reflected the popular sentiments and political attitudes of the day – as such it is a telling measure of the popular opinion at the time. • The publication was acclaimed for its coverage of government activities, including the wartime Cabinet. • With its formidable readership it was able to exert influence over politics especially with the foundation of the British welfare state.
Saturday, May 18, 1940; pg. 24-25; Issue 7
A RESOURCE FOR LITERATURE: • The archive provides students and researchers of literature with the social context to understand great 20th century works, especially wartime and post-war literature. • Users will find serialisations of contemporary novels such as Graham Greene’s The Quiet American and Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall.
Saturday, August 16, 1947; pg. 21; Issue 7
A RESOURCE FOR MEDIA AND JOURNALISM: • For teachers and students of media and journalism, the archive delivers numerous instances of how to tell the news through images with its pioneering use of photojournalism.
What a German boy has to do
Saturday, July 13, 1940; Issue 2
What a British boy likes to do
A RESOURCE FOR ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY: • Many of the major photographers of the 20th century worked for the publication, so a large body of photographers’ work is available for study.
A RESOURCE FOR CULTURAL STUDIES: • The publication covered all aspects of everyday life, including high culture and popular entertainment – from cinema, literature and theatre to games, sports and cooking.
Saturday, June 8, 1946; pg. 10, Issue 10
Saturday, January 7, 1950; pg. 36-37, Issue 1
A RESOURCE FOR FAMILY AND LOCAL HISTORY: • The Picture Post is also a landmark heritage collection for family and local history researchers. Offering wider ranging political coverage of regional towns and local characters.
Saturday, March 6, 1948; Issue 10
Saturday, January 19, 1946; pg. 12, Issue 3
INTERNATIONAL COVERAGE: • Researchers will find a wealth of photojournalism on countries from around the world during the 1930s-1950s. The mission of the paper to tell a story in pictures is never more powerfully felt than in its international coverage of events. • With its stable of talented photographers, the magazine turned its lens on major national and international social and political issues of the day, bringing them into sharp focus. Saturday, July 5, 1952; pg. 15, Issue 1
Saturday, October 15, 1938; page 19, Issue 13
Saturday, November 05, 1938; page 23, Issue 6
Saturday, February 07, 1942; page 7, Issue 6
Saturday, May 01, 1943; pages 8-9, Issue 5
Saturday, July 08, 1939; page 35, Issue 1
PRODUCT DESIGN AND FUNCTIONALITY: • Homepage with basic search • Advanced Search • Results Page
• Page Display with specifically designed viewer • Print, download, mark list, email documents • Browse Editions and Contributors
HOMEPAGE: SPOTLIGHT ARTICLES Shortcut to pre-selected highlight content
BASIC SEARCH Keyword/Entire Document and limit by date
Keyword or phrase search in Article Title, Keyword, Entire Document, Caption, Contributor and Document Number Set FUZZY none-high
LIMIT the search section and/or article type
LIMIT by illustration type
Results can be SORTED by ascending and descending order Results can be LIMITED by publication section and article type SEARCH within results or start a new search and also mark items
From each THUMBNAIL choose between Article, View Page and Browse Issue
PAGE DISPLAY: Selecting ‘PAGE’ from the results displays the entire page of the issue in which the article appears. The article can be viewed as a clipped image as well. Other articles from the page can also be selected
Search within ISSUE or new search ZOOM and Page Navigation Browse issue and see RESULTS contained within the same issue Mark item, print, email, bookmark and use the citation TOOL
BROWSE BY DATE:
All the front pages of the ISSUES for the selected year will display from JanDec. Click on the thumbnail to browse the whole issue
Selecting the front cover thumbnail image from the BROWSE ISSUE displays the front page and all clipped articles on that page
The ‘Results for this issue’ displays a LIST VIEW of the pages in the edition for an overview of the content
Browse contributors to the Picture Post alphabetically Select BROWSE CONTRIBUTOR from the Browse drop down menu Type in the first few letters of the name or use alphabet LINKS to select a name Once the name has been selected the corresponding articles and pages display in a RESULTS list
The results from selecting a contributor displays in the same way as a normal search RESULTS page – the pages/articles can then be viewed in more detail by selecting ‘Article’ ‘View Page’ or ‘Browse Issue’
Search History Enables the user to revisit and REVISE previous searches
Add items to the list to REVISIT at a later point. Users can also save, email and print a list of results or an article
SUMMARY OF BENEFITS: • Offering nearly 50,000 pages of photojournalism. • “Makes the inaccessible accessible” - Complete print run - Archive is all in one place and is convenient to use as well as saving valuable shelf space. • An essential resource across a range of disciplines including History, Politics, Literature, Photography, Arts and more. • National and International content. • Multiple search and limit options. • Browse editions week by week, cover to cover.
Saturday, August 7, 1948; Issue 6
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