The People's Friend

The People's Friend is a British weekly magazine founded in 1869 and currently published by D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. Its tagline is "The famous story magazine".[2]

The People's Friend
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First edition (1869)
EditorAngela Gilchrist
Total circulation
(June 2013)
Year founded1869
First issueJanuary 13, 1869 (1869-01-13)
CompanyD. C. Thomson & Co.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Annie S. Swan wrote for the magazine.[3]

The magazine is principally aimed at older women.[4] Each issue contains at least seven self-contained short stories and two serials (frequently more), a craft project (usually knitting or sewing) and various factual articles, one of which is a piece on a particular town. Pets, family and traditions are also common themes.

The magazine holds an annual craft competition called "The Love Darg" (a Scots term for a day's work done without asking payment) in which readers are asked to make toys and garments suitable for children. After judging, the entries are distributed to children's charities.

The magazine's geographical location in Dundee is reflected in a general bias toward Scottish subjects. The main front cover image is invariably a painting of a picturesque location somewhere in Britain or Ireland, and readers can also buy prints of these pictures. The paintings are made by a variety of artists but are credited to the collective pseudonym J. Campbell Kerr, which is also used for the "Round Britain" feature within the magazine.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Mag ABCs: Full circulation round-up for the first half of 2013". Press Gazette. 15 August 2013. Retrieved 7 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Watching the Wheels: Sometimes, I love the internet". Retrieved 2016-04-22.
  3. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (2 January 2018). "The People's Friend looks for stories from its friends". BBC News. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Celebrations planned to mark 150th anniversary of The People's Friend". ITV News. 10 January 1019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  5. ^ Gibb, Bill (13 January 2019). "Editor explains the enduring appeal of The People's Friend as it celebrates 150th birthday". The Sunday Post. Retrieved 10 March 2019.

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