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History is recalled in a special number of the ILN published in September 1989 - “1939 as reported by The Illustrated London News”
(Appendix List No. 181). The build-up to
war and all the significant events of 1939 are recorded in these pages
just as they happened and as they were reported in the pages of the ILN
and two other illustrated periodicals of the time, the Sphere and the
Sketch. They provide a vivid and memorable portrait of a year that changed
the world more dramatically than anyone who lived through it can have
Ever since the pictorial cover displaced the advertising cover in 1965
it has largely been a matter of personal choice as to which issues may
be considered special numbers. These are the ones which have been described
in the main text of the article. However, there are certain issues which
either reflect in depth a highlight in national or international affairs
or simply provide a striking record of an ephemeral episode. examples
of a dozen such are listed here in order to give an indication of what
England wins the World Cup at Wembley.
Prince Charles comes of Age.
The Six Day War between Israel and Egypt.
The Invasion of Czechoslovakia.
The Royal Tour of South America.
The General Election: The Two Leaders.
The Falklands Crisis.
The Pope in Britain,
D-Day + 40: Special Anniversary Feature.
Mention must finally be made of the later history of the ILN. After more
than 120 years as a privately run concern, the Ingram family transferred
ownership of the magazine to the Thomson Organisation