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This guide lists the major 19th century English language pictorial periodicals for which there are substantial holdings in the Library of Congress, primarily in the Prints & Photographs Division (P&P). The titles are listed with facts about each publication. Below the list of titles is a summary of subject matter typically represented in the publications, followed by a sampling of images that have been copied from Library of Congress issues.
Listed below in rough chronological order are illustrated English language periodicals held by the Prints & Photographs Division and selected general interest pictorial periodicals in other parts of the Library of Congress. Each entry links to a search result for images from that title represented by descriptions and digital images in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC). Most digital images have been copied from Library of Congress holdings in response to duplication requests. The entries also include information about access to the full contents of the periodical through electronic databases or microfilm. Keep in mind that microfilm and electronic databases often provide bitonal, black-and-white reproductions; color or tonality in the pictures, if there is any, will not be fully reproduced in microfilm and electronic databases.
Available on microfilm: Microfilm 02282 [LC Microform Reading Room]
Library of Congress catalog record for this title: http://lccn.loc.gov/2005204305 (microfilm)
Available on microfilm: Microfilm 02231 AP [LC Microform Reading Room]
Library of Congress catalog records for this title: http://lccn.loc.gov/12032976 and http://lccn.loc.gov/80641649 (microfilm)
Available on microfilm: Microfilm 05422 no. 69-84 AP
Library of Congress records for this title: http://lccn.loc.gov/sn77020423, http://lccn.loc.gov/ca11003308 (German edition) and http://lccn.loc.gov/sf89099148 (microfilm)
Library of Congress catalog records for this title: http://lccn.loc.gov/unk82053126 and http://lccn.loc.gov/sf93090322 (microfilm)
Particularly until photographs could be efficiently reproduced in magazines and newspapers illustrations made through a variety of processes, including woodcut, steel engraving, and lithograph were the principal means of depicting events of the day. By the late nineteenth century, publications began using halftone photomechanical reproductions. The pictorial press offered visual coverage of:
The illustrated newspapers regularly included cartoons, and comic illustrations were the primary pictorial content of the comic magazines such as Puck and Judge.