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The Daily Mirror is the first national publication to be included in the British Newspaper collection on findmypast.

The paper was launched in 1903 by Alfred Harmsworth, the 1st Viscount Northcliffe, as a newspaper for women, run by women. It was not an immediate success, and in 1904 Harmsworth decided to turn it into a pictorial newspaper with a broader focus. He appointed a new editor, all of the Mirror’s female journalists were fired, the price was dropped to one halfpenny, and “A paper for men and women” was added to the masthead. The paper’s fortunes improved, and the Daily Mirror has remained a popular daily tabloid ever since.

Covering 1915, a significant year in world history, the Daily Mirror will prove particularly fascinating for anyone researching ancestors in the First World War. Historic newspapers can provide valuable and highly detailed information about your family and their local area, in addition to wider historical context, and the Daily Mirror was among the first to send photographers to the Front.