Penny Illustrated Paper
Illustrated weekly newspapers had been pioneered by the Illustrated London News (published from 1842, costing fivepence): its imitators included the Pictorial Times (1843–8), and – after the 1855 repeal of the Stamp Act – the Illustrated Times. With the abolition of paper duty in 1861 it was possible to envisage an even cheaper mass-circulation illustrated weekly. The first issue, 12 October 1861, announced itself confidently under the masthead "PENNY ILLUSTRATED PAPER: With All the News of the Week": "A new era opens upon the people. In producing a paper for the million, let us plainly say, we want be esteemed the friend of the people ... A new era is opened to us by the Repeal of the Paper Duties"[permanent dead link]
The paper was apparently initially the charge of Ebenezer Farrington,[permanent dead link] but the wife and sons of the recently deceased Herbert Ingram, proprietors of the Illustrated London News, also seem to have been behind the venture.
- Searchable online text, 1861–1913 at British Newspapers