Die Gartenlaube

Die Gartenlaube, Illustrirtes Familienblatt
– a weekly illustrated family magazine, the first one to achieve mass popularity1


  • Indische Wassernoth, Nr. 3, S. 36
  • Qui hy? Häusliches Leben der Engländer in Indien, Nr. 155
  • Englisch-ostindische Gebirgsartillerie, Nr. 12, S. 166
  • Englisch-ostindische Civilisation, Nr. 14, S. 194
  • Indien und dessen neueste Revolution: Vorstudien, Nr. 33, S. 452
  • Indien, seine Revolution und sein Militair, Nr. 30, S. 416
  • Indien und dessen neueste Revolution: Materialien und Motive der Revolution, Nr. 36, S. 495
  • Die Verbrechersecten in Indien, Nr. 42, S. 575
  • Nena Sahib, Nr. 43, S. 588
  • Sillina’s Rache, Nr. 52, S. 722


  • Die Frauen in Indien, Nr. 20, S. 297
  • Aus der Belagerung von Lucknow, Nr. 35, S. 501

1 Die Gartenlaube is among the most famous periodicals in the history of the German press. Established in the mid-19th century – in the «post-March» period marked by the disappointment and depoliticization that followed the Revolution of 1848/49 –, its publisher Ernst Keil quickly made it very successful. His new concept was soon accepted and the circulation climbed into the hundreds of thousands. Keil chose the then rather unusual Quarto format making room for more reading material. He also employed pictures and picture-text-combinations constantly instead of merely occasionally, aiming to produce a paper that would be both entertaining and insructive, informative and critical, and directed mainly at the middle classes. Keil thus developed a prototype that was to be often imitated, and that was soon considered to be the classic family magazine during the 19th century, offering novels and tales, reports and essays on paedagogical and medical topics, and thus functioning as an «aide» and «friend of the family». Of course, it had to face more «modern» competitors later on, but managed to remain successful up until 1944, the time of the demise of many newspapers and magazines. Looking at Die Gartenlaube from today´s perspective, the magazine clearly represents a comprehensive and essential source of material interesting for the study of cultural history. [Harald Fischer Verlag]

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