Cover artwork by The Wide World's longtime cover artist W. C. Nicolson.
is my edit of a Google scan. The copy scanned was missing the ads, table of contents page, inside
back cover, and back cover.
Note: The stories and articles have been bookmarked in the PDF for ease of access.
About The Wide World magazine: The Wide World magazine
was a British monthly illustrated publication which ran from April 1898
to December 1965. For a time, there were also American and Australian
The magazine was founded by well-known publisher George Newnes, also famous for Tit-Bits, The Strand Magazine, Country Life,
and others. It described itself as "an illustrated magazine of true
narrative" and each month purported to feature "true-life" adventure and
travel stories gathered from around the world. Its motto was "Truth is
stranger than fiction".
The magazine chronicled the adventures of
two-fisted, manly men: adventurers to hidden lands who sailed through
arctic seas or fought their way through lush jungles, heroic soldiers,
sailors, and aviators, and the hunters who, like the intrepid "Bungalow
Bill" of the Beatles song (though "Bill" and his real-life inspiration
were American), went out with their elephants and guns to vanquish
horrible wild beasts. Sometimes these tales beggared belief: the
eagle-eyed aviator who claimed to have shot out the lens of a German
sub's periscope from his airplane, armed only with a revolver; the man
who choked a crocodile with his bare hands; the man who fought an
famous names occasionally wrote for the magazine (such as Arthur Conan
Doyle, Henry Morton Stanley, Douglas Reeman, future film director James
Whale, etc.), and it was copiously illustrated with photographs, as well
as black and white drawings by such artists as Terence Cuneo, Cecil
Stuart Tresilian, Alfred Pearse, Charles Sheldon, Paul Hardy, William
Barnes Wollen, John L. Wimbush, Charles J. Staniland, Joseph Finnemore,
John Charlton, Warwick Goble, Tom Browne, Ernest Prater, Gordon Browne,
Edward S. Hodgson, Norman H. Hardy, Inglis Sheldon Williams, and Harry
The May 1913 issue contained the first reports of the death of notorious outlaw Butch Cassidy in Bolivia.
The Times of London summed up the magazine rather nicely in an article in 2004: "The Wide World
unapologetically celebrated brave chaps with large moustaches on stiff
upper lips, who did stupid and dangerous things. Sometimes they
survived. Quite often, they didn’t. To the editors of The Wide World,
either outcome was acceptable, so long as the stories were true,
exhilarating and extremely unlikely."