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Lugar de publicación; Ort der Veröffentlichung; Plaats van publicatie; Julkaisupaikka.

Usage Notes

Researchers tend to group UK newspapers as London Press, Provincial Press or Metropolitan Press, based on where the newspaper was printed and where its reach was primarily felt. During the Victorian period, there was a recognised distinction between London/metropolitan and provincial press. In Germany, a typical small city would have one or two newspapers, while Berlin and Leipzig had dozens each; there were initially no national newspapers. Australia retained a similarly regional focus in the nineteenth century: Australia’s first newspaper, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, was printed in 1803, with The Australian launching in 1824. By the mid-1830s there were seven newspapers published in New South Wales and five weeklies in South Australia. By the 1850s, Tasmania had eleven newspapers. In nineteenth-century America, newspapers gained wider traction initially through partisan political affiliation, and then through the growth of the Penny Press of the 1830s. Many of these papers were referred to as “city papers”. The US Postal Service Act of 1792 had provided substantial subsidies, meaning that newspapers could be delivered up to one hundred miles for a penny.


As a formal part of the printed text

Imprint (“Printed and published by James Yeates, machine printer. Main street, Bairnsdale, for the proprietors”) under the masthead of Bairnsdale Advertiser and Tambo and Omeo Chronicle, 23 January 1897: 1. Trove.

Imprint (“Gedrukt bij Le Roy & Co te Soerabaya” [Printed at Le Roy & Co in Surabaya]) from final page of De Oostpost, 31 October 1862: 4. Delpher.

“It has become the fashion of late years to discard the imprint from many jobs, such as programmes, bills of fare, and the like. The omission of it, however, is contrary to law, and renders the printer liable to the penalty above stated.” [Powell,18]

“Our journal […] from headline to imprint, will strive to inculcate thoroughly English sentiments–respect for authority, attachment to the Church, and loyalty to the Queen” [Wellesley Index 3, 387]

“Within every newspaper issue some elements can be found which are not directly part of the content but are only included for providing some basic information to the user. These elements are mainly the title section, the running title and the imprint.” [Europeana Newspapers 2015, 13]

“In addition to naming the newspaper, the masthead may also state the edition, place of publication, designation, day of publication, the newspaper’s motto or philosophy, and the price.” [Sagendorf and Moore, 9]

As a general description of its origin

“At the lower levels of the London newspaper press the position was more obscure. The legitimate cut-price thrice-weeklies, published between post days and circulating entirely in the London area, did not in the end fulfil their apparent growth potential” [Boyce, 87]

“In some respects the provincial weeklies formed a lower stratum of cheap publication in the same way that the cut-price and unstamped papers did in London itself” [Boyce, 88]

“Dr Cranfield cites the example of Peter Pass, employed to deliver both the Manchester Mercury and Liverpool Advertiser, who carried the Manchester paper to Bolton, Wigan, Preston, and Kendall a distance of about 80 miles” [Boyce, 90]

“Kartoitettuani juttujen julkaisupaikat, etenin tarkastelemaan juttujen tyylejä.”

“To his great disgust he found the London press far less venal than the Parisian had proved…” [Vizetelly, 1.340]

“Excellent in every department of journalism […] so vast was his newspaper-reading that he never missed a noticeable point, not merely in London, but in the provincial press.” [Yates, 1.283]

“For newspapers, the place of publication is always used as the first element in the qualifier. USNP catalogers generally use the ‘city, state’ form of the place name.” [Sagendorf and Moore, 11]