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Before radio and even longer before television the best way to get the news was with the newspaper.
Most are printed on inexpensive paper with ink that rubs off on to your hands in you handle them for too long, they usually come on a daily or weekly basis.
There are two main sizes in the United Kingdom, the larger broadsheet newspaper typically measures 22 inches (560 millimetres) along its vertical edge, this format is employed by the more "City" newspapers such as the Financial Times, Daily Telegraph & Sunday Telegraph, these are commonly know as the "Quality Press"
The other most popular size of newspaper is the tabloids, such as The Sun, The Mirror and that Daily Star these are known as the "Popular Press" and are much smaller than tabloids
Whilst the nationals cover the big international and UK stories as well as smaller UK news, news on celebrities, sport and general interest stories the smaller local stories will not often get a look in, for this reason smaller publishing houses set up throughout the country to publish local newspaper dedicated to specific areas of a county or region.
Here the Southend Timeline takes a look back at some of the titles that have come and gone over the years, where possible a brief history of the title has been included, along with the "splash" of the newspaper.
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|Borough News: 6th August 1920 six issues to January 1921|
|Borough Recorder: First published 7th October 1908 running for 103 issues last appearing on 28th September 1910. The sister papers included: Benfleet Recorder, Hadleigh Recorder, Leigh-on-Sea Recorder, Shoeburyness Gazette, Wakering Recorder & Rochford Recorder.|
|Southend Free Press: First published on 2nd September 1916 the paper only lasted until 2nd June 1917.|
|Southend Independent & Leigh Standard: First published 10th November 1894 only survived until 29th June 1885 when it ceased publication.|
Southend Mail: Another short lived publication that was issued weekly the first edition was launched on Thursday 15th April 1999, no details on how long it lasted but it was still being printed on Thursday 3rd June 1999.
|Southend on Sea Observer (1): 2nd July 1880 the paper ran until 1947 when publication was suspended due to a newsprint shortage.|
|Southend Observer (2): The second Southend Observer was a short lived publication, it was a weekly broadsheet newspaper, the first edition launched on Friday 5th March 1999, the last hit the shelves on Friday 15th June 2001, it ran for 119 issues.|| |
| ||Southend Standard: 16th May 1873—|
|Southend Times (1): The first Southend Times was first published 8th April 1922.|
|Southend Times (2): Part of the Leigh Times Group first published in the early 2000’s ceased publication late 2009.|| |
| ||Southend Telegraph: First published 31st March 1900, on the 25th February 1922 it became Southend Pictorial Telegraph it then became the Southend & County Pictorial on 6th May 1922, This incorporated: The Southend, Westcliff & Leigh Graphic, The Southend Pictorial Telegraph, The Southend & Westcliff Graphic, The Leigh & Shoeburyness Recorder.|
|Southend & Westcliff Graphic: First published 13th July 1907 it was last published on 19th April 1918.|| |
| ||The News for Southend: The paper was run by Standard Publications its head office was at Standard House near Clarence Road in Southend. The short lived newspaper was advertised for a number of weeks before it was first issued with a free four page supplement, the first issue hit the shelves on Thursday 18th January 1996 the fledgling weekly paid for paper lasted 15weeks before it ceased publication the last issue was released on Thursday 25th April 1996.|
|Thameside Weekly: First published on 31st May 1924 renamed Thameside Mail 14th June 1924 ceased publication 12th June 1936.|
|Westcliff & Leigh Express: First published January 1905 it was merged with the original Southend Echo on 31st May 1907.|
|Southend on Sunday: The first edition came out on Sunday 17th September 1995|| |
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The only daily local newspaper currently available in Southend is the Southend Evening Echo.
This version of the Echo was First published Monday 29th September 1969, the first month saw the paper given away free, it was originally a broadsheet but changed to tabloid style in the 1980's.
There have been a few banner changes over the years.
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The first Evening Echo to hit the news stands came out on Monday 29th September 1969, this copy is held by the Southend Timeline.
It featured articles on the Southend Hospital Serpent mosaics and car wrecks in Southend, including one in a wrecked boat!