Time travel with Picture Post Archive

Picture Post was an iconic British newspaper published from 1938-1957. At its peak 80% of the British public were reading it. Why? Well, a large part of this was its pioneering use of photojournalism. No longer were pictures just portraits of the great and good,  but they reflected the stories of those on the street in all their joys and worries. There was a lot to worry about with this newspaper covering the stormy years leading up to World War II to the first decade of the Cold War.

It is positively fascinating to see the prevailing attitudes and the discussions of everyday Britain in this time period. The Picture Post  Archive contains fully searchable reproductions of every issue of this newspaper for you to explore.

This archive is a goldmine for historians or anyone with an inch of curiosity in their bones. You can access this from home or at any community library with your  library card and password / PIN. I encourage you to have a read and fall into a world preparing for and enduring war and facing the nuclear age with bravery and humour. 

One thought on “Time travel with Picture Post Archive

  1. lynneccl 28 January 2014 / 11:54 am

    This is a great resource. I have a bound edition from 1937,(I think) that was brought out to New Zealand by my mother when she emigrated from England in 1959. It is fascinating; the subjects cover a huge range, and is very compassionate in showing the difficulties faced by ordinary people at that time.

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