When The Illustrated London News was established in 1842, it was the first newspaper to offer images for anything more than the odd satirical cartoon and maybe a dramatic portrait to supplement reports of a criminal trial. In contrast, this new publication was substantially made up of images, aided by technological innovation. While other papers were still using expensive copper prints, the ILN used woodcuts, which were cheaper and faster to produce. It became very popular with those of limited literacy, and prefigured the image-heavy newspaper formatting of the photographic age.
Editors. "Illustrated London News". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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