In celebration of HMQ's 60-year reign, The Telegraph reprinted a few pages from 1952:
My eye was immediately drawn to the top right:
Price: 2d. D for denarii — old pence. 2/240 of a pound. Slightly less than a decimal penny: £0.008333.
£1.20. So The Telegraph costs 144 times as much today as it did in 1952. Apply your own hedonic adjustment, but it's hard to argue that today's Telegraph is 144 times better than the 1952 version. Who has benefitted from 60 years of currency debasement?
Even more interesting than the articles were the adverts.
£96.45 (11.5 thousand times the cost of a newspaper) would get you a 300 mph flight to New York with TWA, "Starting May 1st ... subject to Govt. approval".
The advert from Johnnie Walker noted "Maximum prices as fixed by the Scotch Whisky Association".
An advert from City & West End Properties Ltd offered "Unfurnished Mansion Flats in the West End and South West of London at rentals of £400-500 p.a."
I wish they'd include reprints every day. Perhaps a page from each decade, going back to 1900. I'm sure it would give a useful sense of perspective.