On July 1, 1843, emulating The Illustrated London News and l'Illustration Journal Universelle, Johann Jacob Weber began weekly publication of Illustrirte Zeitung. In format it was strikingly similar to the English and French publications. This was the first illustrated newspaper published in the German language. The periodical remained in print until September 1944, publishing 5041 issues in all. It achieved a circulation of 7,500 copies after six months, 11,000 three years after its foundation. At its peak the circulation was 100,000 copies.