Advert for some 19th century periodicals, reverse side
Printer: 56, Paternoster Row
Medium: Print on paper
With more literate members of society than ever before, and more members of the professional classes than at any time in the country's history, Victorian Britain was obsessed with self-improvement. Periodicals and magazines played on this trend, combining self-consciously "improving" or educational subject matter with often sensational entertainment. Nearly 200,000 periodicals were in print at the end of the 19th century, covering a huge range of subjects: animals and nature, children's games and stories, fashion, politics, religion and industry.