KREUZBERGED BERLIN

Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know About Berlin

PAPER BOYS AHOI or THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF BERLIN NEWSPAPERS IN THE 1920s

Did you know that in December 1926 Berlin´s newsagents sold as many as 147 newspapers – 120 of them dailies! – and 2,486 magazines? The majority of those publications were also published in Berlin and printed in Berlin´s printing houses, which by then had gained worldwide fame. They used state-of-the-art technology operated by world-class professionals.

Berlin newspaper seller at work in 1926.

Berlin newspaper seller at work in 1926.

Berlin´s Zeitungsviertel – the Newspaper District – the equivalent of London´s Fleet Street, established itself in the southern Friedrichstadt in the boroughs of Kreuzberg and Mitte. It stretched between Wilhelmstrasse, Leipziger Strasse, Kochstrasse (Axel-Springer- and Rudi-Dutschke-Straße today) south to Lindenstrasse and Mehringplatz (Belle-Alliance-Platz before). It was the biggest press playground in the world.

The greatest names in the history of the German press – Rudolph Mosse (of the Berliner Tageblatt, Berliner Morgen-Zeitung, Berliner Volks-Zeitung and many others, including 130 special interest magazines), August Scherl (who published the Berliner Lokal-AnzeigerBerliner AbendzeitungDer TagBerliner Illustrierte Nachtsausgabe, on top of the annual Berliner Adressbücher, the local directories) and the Ullsteins (with their B. Z. am MittagBerliner MorgenpostBerliner Zeitung and Berliner Illustrierte Zeitung) will be associated with this part of Berlin for ever.

Edmund Edel´s 1904 poster for the BZ am Mittag.

Edmund Edel´s 1904 poster for the BZ am Mittag.

And on October 22, 1904 it was Ullstein´s BZ am Mittag (BZ stood for “Berliner Zeitung”) that became the first German newspaper ever to be sold by street vendors. It was the first German tabloid as such as well as the first paper to be sold on the street. October 22, 1904 was the day BZ am Mittag celebrated it debut as such.

 

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