For King and Country

Published: Associated Newspapers Limited


505 x 375 mm., one single broadsheet printed both sides. With a four page copy of the Daily Mirror.

Arguably the most famous Strike in British history is the General Strike of 1926. It was called by the Trades Union Congress to force the British Government to prevent wage reductions and improve the working conditions of 800,000 coal miners. Print workers at the 'Daily Mail' refused to print an edition which attacked the miners as a 'revolutionary movement'. Negotiations collapsed and a total of 1.7 million workers went out in sympathy on 3 May 1926 however the government was well prepared. The strike lasted 10 days an collapsed on the 13 May. The 'Daily Mail' played a pivotal role in the strike and the newspaper continued printing mainly news sheets from typescript. The British Library 'Checklist of General Strike Newspapers of 1926' identifies two variant's issued on the 7 May. One in typescript and unnumbered as here, the other numbered '8.187'. It was 'Printed for an published by Associated Newspapers, Ltd., Carmelite House, E.C.4.' The large folio sheet printed on both sides is a fascinating read. Headlines include 'Trains Better and Better. Long Distance and Local Tubes Open', 'More London Buses', 'The First Step to Peace. Call off the General Strike' and others. Offered with a 4 page copy of the 'Daily Mirror' for 14 May 1926 headlined 'The Nation Wins - General Strike Called Off'. British Library 'Checklist of General Strike Newspapers of 1926'.


Offered by Clive A Burden Ltd