Boys Own : Uk Magazine
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The idea for the publication was first raised in 1878 by the Religious Tract Society, as a means to encourage younger children to read and also instil Christian morals during their formative years. The first issue was published January 18, 1879.

In 1939 it was taken over by Lutterworth Press, and in 1963 by Purnell and Sons Ltd. It was published at the end of its life in 1967 by BPC Publishing Ltd, who are believed to have started publishing the paper in 1965.[1]

The paper was published weekly following the school year (Autumn through to Summer) until November 1913, when it became a monthly. In total, 2511 issues of the paper were published.[1] From 1879 onwards each year’s issues were bound together and sold as the Boy’s Own Annual. In the initial few years, one could purchase the covers at the end of the publishing year and have the weekly issues bound. This produced some interesting minor variations in order and contents.

The Annuals ceased publication after the 1940-41 edition due to wartime paper rationing. The Annuals included all of the text of the weekly (and later monthly) issues, with additional illustrations. There was an extra Christmas Number (edition) magazine from 1884-85 until 1912-13 and an extra Summer Number from 1884-85 until 1900-01. Later attempts at a smaller format annual, under Jack Cox’s editorship, were the Boy’s Own Companion from 1959 through 1963, and the Boy’s Own Annual II from 1964-65 through 1975-76.

Often published were adventure stories; notes on how to practise nature study, sports and games; puzzles; and essay competitions. One of the stories in the opening issue was “My First Football Match”, the first of many by Talbot Baines Reed set in public schools (Reed, who had not in fact attended such a school, later became the paper’s first assistant editor); and the first volume’s serials included “From Powder Monkey to Admiral, or The Stirring Days of the British Navy”. In the same volume, Captain Matthew Webb contributed an account of how he swam the English Channel.

In the first decade the paper unselfconsciously promoted the British Empire as the highest achievement of civilization, and reflected fully the racist attitudes which were taken for granted in Britain at the time. In 1885, for example, it described its vision of “the typical negro”:

“The arm is two inches longer in proportion than that of a Caucasian, and the hands hang level with the kneecaps; the facial angle is seventy as against eighty three, the brain weighs thirty five as against forty five; the skull is much thicker … there is no growth in intelligence once manhood is reached.”[2]

The paper initially attempted to appeal to boys of all classes, but by the 1890s began to concentrate on boys from wealthier backgrounds.[citation needed]

Many prominent authors contributed to the paper. W.G. Grace wrote for several issues, along with Arthur Conan DoyleJules Verne and R.M. BallantyneRobert Baden-Powell, founder of the Scout Movement, was a regular columnist and urged readers “to live clean, manly and Christian lives”. Less well-known writers included William Gordon StablesW. E. CuleSid G. Hedges and Hugh Pembroke VowlesEdward Whymper contributed engravings (including the masthead). Gilbert Davey, who went on to publish Fun with Radio introduced many youngsters to a future career in Radio and Electronics.

Between 1941-61 there was 60 issues with stories about Biggles by W. E. Johns.[3]

In the 1960s other occasional contributors included Isaac Asimov and the respected astronomer Patrick Moore, who contributed several articles about the solar system and would answer boys’ questions on astronomical matters in the “You Ask Us” section of the paper.

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