Amalgamated Press

The Amalgamated Press was a newspaper and magazine publishing company founded by journalist and entrepreneur Alfred Harmsworth in 1901, gathering his many publishing ventures together under one banner.[1]

Amalgamated Press
FounderAlfred Harmsworth
SuccessorInternational Publishing Company
Country of originEngland
Headquarters locationFleetway House
Publication typescomics, magazines, newspapers, paperbacks
ImprintsThe Educational Book Company, Fleetway Publications

From 1912 they were based at Fleetway House in Farringdon Street, London.[2] In 1959 the company was bought by the Mirror Group and renamed Fleetway Publications. It acquired Longacre Press and George Newnes in 1961, and the group was renamed the International Publishing Corporation in 1963,[3] although the component companies continued to use their own names until 1968 when they were reorganised into the unitary IPC Magazines. The "Fleetway" banner continued to be used for some publications until IPC's comics line was sold under the name Fleetway Publications to Robert Maxwell in 1987.[1]


  • The World of Wonder: 10,000 Things Every Child Should Know, edited by Charles Ray. Published in 1933 in two volumes: Vol. One, pages 1 to 732; Vol. Two, pages 733 to 1460. An illustrated compedium of mainly about science and technology with some historical subjects.[4]
  • Railway Wonders of the World, 50 instalments (1935-6), Shipping Wonders of the World, 55 instalments (1936-7), Wonders of World Engineering, 53 instalments (1937-8) and Wonders of World Aviation, 40 instalments (1938), all edited by Clarence Winchester, and published by Amalgamated Press as weekly instalments, with a book binding service available to keep as two volumes for each series.[5][6]
  • The Boy's Book of Everyday Science, edited by Charles Ray. 1937.
  • Everybody's Enquire Within, edited by Charles Ray, published in 55 weekly instalments from 1937-38.
  • London Magazine
  • Woman & Home
  • Woman's Weekly

Comics and story papers

Amalgamated Press entered the comic magazine market in 1890 with Comic Cuts and Illustrated Chips.[1] It also published serialized story papers (in for example The Thriller magazine) which published stories by Edwy Searles Brooks, among others.

Rebellion Developments currently owns all comics characters and titles created by IPC's subsidiaries after January 1, 1970, together with 26 specified characters which appeared in Buster;[7][8] while IPC currently retains its other comics characters and titles, including Sexton Blake, The Steel Claw, and Battler Britton[9] (but not Dan Dare, which was sold separately and is now owned by the Dan Dare Corporation).

Notable titles published


  1. AP/Fleetway: A Potted History, Kerschner & Taylor, retrieved 8 January 2012
  2. W. O. G. Lofts, Fleetway House is no more, March 1978]
  3. Press Office – IPC History, IPC Media, retrieved 28 June 2010
  4. See and other library catalogues.
  5. Clarke, John (2016). "Other Part Works Edited by Clarence Winchester". Railway Wonders of the World. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  6. "Resources for Winchester, Clarence (1892-)". Trove. National Library of Australia. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  7. Bunge, Nicole. "REBELLION ACQUIRES FLEETWAY AND IPC YOUTH GROUP ARCHIVES". ICv2. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. Johnston, Rich. "Rebellion Buys Fleetway Archive – Roy Of The Rovers, Oink, Tammy, Battle, Whizzer And Chips And More". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  9. Birmingham Mail article Archived 2011-07-20 at the Wayback Machine

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