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''We must all agree that the press is the complement to social effort... It is devoutly to be wished therefore that we shall put forward our heads together and in the way we propose show that we form a factor in the world of progress.' So read the leader in the January 1896 edition of the Port Sunlight Monthly Journal, the organ of the Village Council set up in 1895 to oversee the various village institutions, clubs and societies which were springing up. The minutae of social events were recorded with typical ebullience as an early article attributed to the British Women's Temperance Society (Port Sunlight Branch) testifies:- 'The weather was splendid, the tea provided excellent and the party returned in excellent spirits, having succeeded in extracting a more than average amount of fun and pleasure and all this without the presence of the male animal.' Following the journal's success, the first edition of Progress, a company-flavoured magazine was published in October 1899. As well as reporting local news and events it was to become William Lever's mouthpiece for presenting his ideas, such as co-partnership and much later, the six-hour day and direct bank credit arrangements for employees' wages.


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