The Hindu at 140: our many firsts

The first available masthead from 1881.

The first available masthead from 1881.  

From the first photograph that was published in The Hindu in 1879 to the first news page that rolled out in colour in 1999, this visual essay captures some milestones in the newspaper's history

 

 

The first photograph

The first photograph published in The Hindu was that of "The Hon'ble Bala Gangadhar Tilak of Poona" in 1897.

The first photograph published in The Hindu was that of "The Hon'ble Bala Gangadhar Tilak of Poona" in 1897.  

 

 

The first radio photo

Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi was the chief guest at the annual day of the Delhi Flying Club. This was the first picture published in May 1966 when the photo-telegraph service was opened to the press.

Prime Minister Mrs. Indira Gandhi was the chief guest at the annual day of the Delhi Flying Club. This was the first picture published in May 1966 when the photo-telegraph service was opened to the press.  

 

 

The first masthead

The first available masthead from 1881.

The first available masthead from 1881.  

 

 

The first report from London

This report was filed by The Hindu's London correspondent Frederick Grubb. who held the post from 1911 to 1933.

This report was filed by The Hindu's London correspondent Frederick Grubb. who held the post from 1911 to 1933.  

 

 

The first editorial

"Ourselves" was published on September 20, 1878. Since the copy of the newspaper is not available, the editorial was reconstructed from the manuscript in 2003 when The Hindu celebrated in 125th year.

"Ourselves" was published on September 20, 1878. Since the copy of the newspaper is not available, the editorial was reconstructed from the manuscript in 2003 when The Hindu celebrated in 125th year.  

Read the editorial here.

 

The first crossword

The Hindu crossword was introduced in the daily in 1971. It was published for six days in a week.

The Hindu crossword was introduced in the daily in 1971. It was published for six days in a week.  

Solve the crossword here.

 

The first cartoon

The first cartoon that appeared in The Hindu was "Mr Low -- and his critics" by David Low in 1933.

The first cartoon that appeared in The Hindu was "Mr Low -- and his critics" by David Low in 1933.  

 

 

The first colour news page

News page when colour was introduced on November 6, 1999.

News page when colour was introduced on November 6, 1999.  

 

 

The first news photo

The first news photograph to be published in The Hindu was in 1923. It captured the Gaya Congress.

The first news photograph to be published in The Hindu was in 1923. It captured the Gaya Congress.  

 

 

The first letter to the Editor

The first set of letters under Letters to the Editor appeared in The Hindu in 1919. The column was earlier called Correspondence.

The first set of letters under Letters to the Editor appeared in The Hindu in 1919. The column was earlier called Correspondence.  

 

 

The first Q&A interview

The first Q&A interview published by The Hindu was with Swami Vivekananda in 1896. The interview was done at his temporary home in South Belgravia.

The first Q&A interview published by The Hindu was with Swami Vivekananda in 1896. The interview was done at his temporary home in South Belgravia.  

 

 

Read the interview here.

 

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