Picture Post Historical Archive

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The Picture Post Historical Archive comprises the complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957 - all digitized from originals in full colour.

Picture Post’s innovative use of 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 – from boys rolling a tyre, to a view of a post-war bedsit, to young women on a rollercoaster – all caught in a single moment in time.


Direct access

- via University Network


Off University Campus

- Staff and Students


Supporting information

The Picture Post Historical Archive is part of Gale NewsVault . Gale NewsVault allows you to search a range of historical newspaper collections, including The Times Digital Archive, The Daily Mail, Illustrated London News and The Economist.



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