FOR the past 137 years, the Western Mail has aimed to keep the people of Wales informed, enlightened and entertained.
From the Victorian gentleman spluttering over his morning tea at the latest Government outrage to today's busy readers catching up with their daily fix of news and features, it has been an ever-present feature of the national consciousness for generations.
And nowhere is its place at the beating heart of the national news agenda more palpable than on its front pages.
From the battles of the Second World War to the horrors of 9/11, the paper's front page has provided a Welsh window on some of the most momentous moments of world history.
But it is as a bastion of Welsh news that the paper is best loved.
Over the coming days and weeks, we will be featuring some of the stories behind the important front pages and giving you a chance to have your say on what you consider to be the most iconic front pages from the Western Mail's archives.
Whether it is a front page that marks a defining moment in Welsh social or sporting history, a front page you think has had the biggest impact on Welsh life, or just one that is particularly memorable to you, we want to hear from you.
A quick delve through the files reveals a litany of heartache and hope from long decades of our nation's story.
Aberfan is one front page that immediately leaps out at you across the years. A searing tragedy of wrecked lives that no newspaper should ever have had to report on. Four decades on, the bleak headlines continue to invite pity, sorrow and anger in equal measure.
The deaths of so many Welsh Guardsmen on the Sir Galahad during the Falklands War and the dismal end of the Miners' Strike also count among some of the blackest moments in recent Welsh history.
By contrast, thankfully, there have been plenty of lighter front pages among the inky darkness - memorable sporting successes, for instance, and nation-changing events such as the devolution "Yes" vote.
Whether you love or loathe the Assembly, there's no doubt the results of the 1997 referendum have changed the face of Welsh political life over the past decade.
Going right back to the earliest days of our records, the Western Mail didn't make too auspicious a start by today's standards.
Launched in an era when front pages were dominated by adverts, the Western Mail's densely packed text on page one, May 1, 1869, looks forbidding to the reader of 2006.
Such was the situation for much of the next century, until news started appearing on the front pages in the 1940s.
Until then, there were no pictures, no big banner headlines, not even any news on the front. Instead, your penny got you a page one bearing such enticing offers as "Draper's assistant wanted" and boasting how it was the paper for "ecclesiastical intelligence".
It also contained arcane adverts for such oddments as "gentlemen's elastic side springs", iron bedsteads, perambulators and bound copies of the acts of the apostles.
It wasn't until the second half of this eight-page paper that you began to hit what would today be considered real news.
Tales of gin-stealing and mass-emigration from Caerphilly and corrupt election practices in Brecon vied with wordy theatre reviews and parliamentary sketches for the readers' attention.
In the absence of a newsy front page, however, the back page did feature a hair-raising tale of sex and sulphuric acid that wouldn't look out of place on the front page of one of today's red-top tabloids.
Although the language of reporting has changed somewhat over the intervening 139 years.
Under the headline "Vitriol Throwing by a Jealous Wife", our intrepid 19th-Century reporter wrote, "A shocking case of vitriol throwing occurred on Thursday at Neath, near Swansea, which at present appears likely to terminate seriously.
"It appears a woman residing in the neighbourhood of Penydre Street, suspicious of her husband's infidelity, satisfied herself as to her correctness and retaliated by throwing a quantity of vitriol over him when in a state of nudity.
"Although professional assistance has been obtained his injuries, which are of a most frightful character, are feared may prove fatal."
The ultimate fate of this errant husband has remained lost to posterity, buried among the considerable archives.
But as a delve through the rest of the back-copies from the intervening 137 years shows, the Western Mail has continued to cement its place in the national consciousness with its record of historic, agenda-setting and memorable front pages.
Which Western Mail front page will get your vote?
The Western Mail front pages from which you will be able to select your most iconic, most memorable page one are featured on each side of this page
"An act of war against civilisation"
(9/11 attacks - front page dated September 12, 2001)
"88 killed, 65 still lost"
(Aberfan disaster - front page dated October 22, 1966)
"Pits strike over"
(Miners' strike ends in defeat - front page dated March 4, 1985)
"Dylan Thomas dies in New York hospital"
(Death of Dylan Thomas - front page dated November 10, 1953)
"Crippled tanker threatens disaster"
(Sea Empress disaster - front page dated February 16, 1996)
"Pure Welsh gold"
(Grand Slam win - front page dated March 21, 2005)
"MPs' bid to save Tryweryn fails"
(Flooding of Tryweryn Valley - front page dated August 1, 1957)
"End of the Third Reich"
(The first Victory in Europe [VE] Day - front page dated May 9, 1945)