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L'Illustration was a weekly French newspaper published in Paris from 1843 to 1944.[1] It was founded by Édouard Charton and the first issue was published on March 4, 1843.

In 1891, L'Illustration became the first French newspaper to publish a photograph. Many of these photographs came from syndicated photo-press agencies like Chusseau-Flaviens, but the publication also employed its own photographers such as Léon Gimpel and others. In 1907, L'Illustration was the first to publish a color photograph. It also published Gaston Leroux' novel Le mystère de la chambre jaune as a serial a year before its 1908 release.

During the Second World War, L'Illustration was directed by Jacques de Lesdain, a Vichy collaborationist (Vichyssois),[2] and it became a voice for Marshall Petain's collaborationism with the Germans. As a result, it was shut down in 1944 following the Liberation of Paris.[3] Another version re-opened in 1945 under the name France-Illustration, but went bankrupt in 1957.


  1. ^ French Wartime Magazines and Periodicals: L'Illustration.
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  • Marchandiau Jean-Noël. (1987). L'Illustration : vie et mort d'un journal, 1843-1944. Toulouse : Éditions Privat. ISBN 978-2-7089-5335-2; OCLC 17695376

External links

  • Media related to at Wikimedia Commons
  • L'IllustrationOfficial website of L'Illustration company which have published
  • Hathi Trust. L'Illustration, digitized issues

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