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Wall Street Crash

The 1929 Wall Street Crash occurred when financial uncertainty spread after an artificial boom in share prices. Frightened investors ordered their broker to sell at any price – 30 million shares were traded in the space of 5 days – causing the stock market to collapse.

Image from Continental Daily Mail, 25 October 1929    
Continental Daily Mail, 25 October 1929    
The British Library gratefully acknowledges the John Frost Newspaper Archive for permission to reproduce this front page.

The Daily Mail leads the front page with the report, and the simple headline and subheads convey the important facts in bullet form.

History repeated itself on ‘Black Monday’, 19 October 1987, when the world saw the largest one-day decline in shares history.

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