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Illustrated London News Archive Now Available

The Illustrated London News, the world’s first pictorial weekly newspaper, debuted in 1842. The inaugural issue covered a fire in Hamburg, Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball, the war in Afghanistan and the latest fashions in Paris. The ILN commissioned a galaxy of great artists and draughtsmen to cover wars, royal events, scientific invention, exploration, theatre, literature and the arts. In 1855 it launched the world’s first color supplement. Over the years the publication played host to distinguished contributors and continued to push the boundaries of journalism throughout its history. Now a full digital facsimile of the entire archive is available to Cornell students and faculty. The full text is searchable, and page images, which were scanned from print copies, are in full color. Access the ILN through the Library Catalog record or via this direct link:


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