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The Guardian Newspaper

Historic Newspapers have the UK’s largest archive of Guardian back issues, covering the last one hundred years. As well as our online newspaper service, individuals can request a specialist Guardian newspaper article search through a member of the archive team. Once you’ve chosen your newspaper, the gift can be personalised by adding the recipient’s name, the occasion, and a personal greeting on the certificate of authenticity, which acts as a guarantee that your copy of the Guardian is a genuine original newspaper.

History of the Guardian Newspaper

Owned by Scott Trust, together with the Manchester Evening News and the Observer newspapers, The Guardian is part of the Guardian Media Group. With a daily circulation of 343,010 as of 2008, The Guardian is printed Monday through Saturday in a mid-size format. On the political spectrum, the publication generally supports the mid liberal to left wing side, officially supporting the Liberal Democrats in 2010 for the first time.

The first publication of the paper dates back to May 5th 1821 when the first edition of the Manchester Guardian was printed in Manchester. To begin, the publication was only a weekly supplement that was published every Saturday headed by John Edward Taylor. The first edition of the newspaper claimed that it would advocate civil and religious liberty.

Prior to 1855 there was a stamp duty - a newspaper tax that forced newspapers to increase their prices. It was considered expensive to frequently publish newspapers so when this tax was abolished, the Manchester Guardian became a daily newspaper. The most famous editor of the Manchester Guardian was C P Scott who undertook the role for 57 years from 1872.

The 29th September 1952 marks the first time the newspaper printed news stories on the front page. The 24th August 1959 marks the first day that the publication dropped “Manchester” and became The Guardian as it is known today. In September 1960 the first ever London edition was printed alongside the Manchester edition. Previously broadsheet, the paper also changed to a mid-sized format in 2005.

At the moment, The Guardian is released each day with an accompanying ‘G2’ supplement containing features on TV, radio, sport, music, society and technology to name a few. The topic of the supplement varies every day of the week.

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