Request Sunday Times (UK) article in 1948 - Gale NewsVault - Quote about penny dreadfuls

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Feb 24 19:21:52 UTC 2014

Great thanks to a participant on the W0mbats mailing list who kindly
verified the entertaining A. A. Milne remark about "penny dreadful"
periodicals. Information on this topic will be shared on the Quote
Investigator blog in the coming days.

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM, ADSGarson O'Toole
<adsgarsonotoole at> wrote:
> A humorous quotation about the eclipse of the "penny dreadful" by the
> "ha'penny dreadfuller" been attributed to A.A. Milne, the creator of
> Winnie the Pooh, and I've been asked to investigate. There is a strong
> lead for the quotation visible in a snippet in the Google Books
> database.
> Perhaps some list member has access to a Gale NewsVault database with
> the Sunday Times and would be willing to help. Below is the citation.
> The goal is to construct a complete citation, and I would love to
> receive a PDF (or scan) of the article showing the quote and a PDF (or
> scan) of the full page showing the date.
> Newspaper: Sunday Times
> Date: October 10th, 1948
> Article Title: Unknown
> Page Number:Unknown
> Article Author A. A. Milne
> (This unverified cite is from "Northcliffe in History" (1950) by Tom Clarke)
> [Begin excerpt]
> It was Lord Northcliffe who killed the penny dreadful; by the simple
> process of producing a ha'penny dreadfuller.
> [End excerpt]
> Your help is appreciated,
> Garson O'Toole

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