For the masses: the Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 !

There is only one newspaper in the world that can claim to have helped bring down a British government and also been sued by Elton John. Love it or hate it the British newspaper the Daily Mail is loved and loathed in equal proportions. Catering to readers who want  entertainment from their newspaper as well as coverage of important news events, the Daily Mail has criticized everyone from Lord Kitchener in 1916 for not properly supplying British troops with the correct equipment to  Princess Diana's shoulder pads.

Its founder Lord Northcliffe identified a gap in the market for a paper that delivered the three things that are always news – health, sex and money. By offering short engaging stories with pictures, the news for the first time reached into the homes of millions, many of whom had never bought a newspaper before.

We now have access to the Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 with more than 100 years of this major UK national newspaper in fully searchable digital format, with all the  advertisements (including family notices), news stories and images that capture 20th century culture, society and tastes.  Love it or hate it, it is a wonderful snapshot of ourselves at our best and worst. Have a gander today!

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