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Illustrirte Zeitung



Illustrirte Zeitung was Germany's first illustrated magazine that existed between 1843 and 1944. It was also known as Leipziger illustrirte Zeitung. The magazine described itself as the Germany's illustrated magazine with the international view.

History and profile

Illustrirte Zeitung was founded by Johann Jakob Weber in Leipzig in 1843. Illustrated London News and Illustration which was published in Paris were two models for the magazine. The first issue of Illustrirte Zeitung was published on 1 July 1843. The magazine was a weekly news magazine which had a wide scope. It mostly covered news on daily affairs, public and social life, science and art, music, theatre and fashion. It was very popular among the bourgeois middle classes.

The magazine liberally employed big photographs and art. It made significant contributions to the use of photographs in news. However, at the initial phase of the magazine it was hard for Johann Jakob Weber to find quality photographs to publish in the magazine due to the lack of good illustrations produced in Germany. Therefore, photographs were mostly taken from British media for a while. Then the magazine began to employ the work by German artists.

Illustrirte Zeitung also included the theater-related essays of Roderich Benedix, Eduard Devrient, Heinrich Laube and Richard Wagner.

Six months after its publication the circulation of Illustrirte Zeitung was 7,500 copies. In 1846 it sold 11,000 copies. Following the 5041st issue the magazine ceased publication in September 1944.