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Answers to Correspondents

1888 Brothers Alfred and Harold Harmsworth started Answers a topical paper in a small office in London.

1888 Alfred started Answers a topical paper, in a small office in London. His brother Harold joined the busienss, showing a flair for financial management

After a year they ran a competition to guess the amount of the Bank of England's return for a particular week. It was a huge success and the winner won a pound a week for life! After that, the circulation shot up to 78,000 per week, and 205,000 six weeks later. The offices expanded and they launched some light hearted comics at a half penny each. There after they 'concentrated on the ladies' and produced Forget-Me-Not and Home-Sweet-Home magazines. [1]

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Sources of Information

  1. Sketch Magazine, May 1894.