Historic rare newspapers from transatlantic liners are published online

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The HMS Mauretania docking at Liverpool, 1926, on which the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition was compiled

The HMS Mauretania docking at Liverpool, 1926, on which the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition was compiled

Rare issues of a newspaper that was printed on board transatlantic liners between Southampton and New York 90 years ago are being released online for the first time.

The special editions of the Daily Mail – sent by wireless and printed daily on the five-day Cunard voyages between 1923 and 1931 – had a heavy emphasis on American content and articles about what travellers could expect when they reached New York or London.

The copies – which are not even held at The British Library – form part of the Daily Mail Historical Archive from Cengage Learning that dates from 1896 to 2004 and boasts nearly 1.2million pages of content from the mid-market paper including ground-breaking news stories, adverts and images.

Composing Room for the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition on the HMS Aquitania

Composing Room for the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition on the HMS Aquitania

Paul Dacre, Editor of the Daily Mail and Editor-in-Chief of Associated Newspapers, said: ‘I am immensely proud that this unrivalled archive is to be made publicly available in digital form for the very first time.

‘The Daily Mail has been essential reading for a significant and influential proportion of the population for more than a century. Not for nothing has it become known as the paper of Middle Britain.

‘This fully searchable digital archive will provide an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the history of this country over the last 120 years.’

The archive is currently only open to libraries and institutions, not individual subscribers.

To see the page about the Atlantic edition, click here.

More about the Atlantic edition here

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Rare: Issues of the Daily Mail Atlantic Edition, printed on liners in the 1920s

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