In 1891, L'Illustration became the first French newspaper to publish a photograph. Many of these photographs came from syndicated photo-press agencies like Chusseau-Flaviens, but the publication also employed its own photographers such as Léon Gimpel and others. In 1907, L'Illustration was the first to publish a color photograph. It also published Gaston Leroux' novel Le mystère de la chambre jaune as a serial a year before its 1908 release.
During the Second World War, L'Illustration was directed by Jacques de Lesdain, a Vichy collaborationist (Vichyssois), and it became a voice for Marshall Petain's collaborationism with the Germans. As a result, it was shut down in 1944 following the Liberation of Paris. Another version re-opened in 1945 under the name France-Illustration, but went bankrupt in 1957.
- French Wartime Magazines and Periodicals: L'Illustration.
- Lackerstein, Debbie (March 2012). National Regeneration in Vichy France: Ideas and Policies, 1930-1944. Ashgate. p. 210. ISBN 978-0754667216.
- Grenier, Jean (1997). Sous l'Occupation (Collection "Pour mémoire") (in French). Publisher: C. Paulhan. ISBN 978-2912222008.
- Marchandiau Jean-Noël. (1987). L'Illustration : vie et mort d'un journal, 1843-1944. Toulouse : Éditions Privat. ISBN 978-2-7089-5335-2; OCLC 17695376
- Media related to L'Illustration at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website of L'Illustration company which have published L'Illustration
- Hathi Trust. L'Illustration, digitized issues
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