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A Champion of Printing Quality in the Ottoman Turkish Press of the Second Constitutional Period: Şehbal Journal

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Şehbal differed primarily in its printing quality, visuals, paper, layout, binding, and aesthetic presentation. Although it had a talented editorial staff and valuable content, its "form" shone out at once; therefore in the history of Turkish journalism Şehbal deserves close examination. First, in terms of printing quality, Şehbal remained almost unrivalled for decades. Its true rivals appeared a few decades later, in the Republican era. This chapter analyses a periodical which pushed the limits of its time, and was awarded a gold medal in Turin for the quality of its printing in 1911, two years after its first publication. Şehbal forms one of the precious pages in the history of the Turkish press, being a markedly aesthetic publication in both name and content",an illustrated journal, about everything". In the course of one hundred issues, it published nearly 4,000 photographs and 1,500 articles.

Keywords: Şehbal journal; Karabet printing houses; Ottoman Turkish Press



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