The Press: Trouble for Picture Post

When London's weekly Picture Post came out in 1938, it was something new in British journalism and a spectacular success. The first day the Life-modeled magazine went on the stands, the press run of 750,000 copies was sold out before noon. Within six months its circulation soared to more than 1,600,000. Under Editor Tom Hopkinson, Picture Post became a valuable property in Publisher Edward Hulton's* chain (Lilliput, Farmers Weekly, Housewife). Hopkinson skillfully blended sex, crime and sports features with campaigns against appeasement of Hitler and British unemployment. During World War II, Picture Post's...

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