On This Day in the “Phandom”: 10 years ago!

On 7th February 2006, an epic era begins as Philip Lester creates a Youtube account and uploads his first ever video to Youtube!!

The first ever video was called “Awaiting The Tide” and was a made up soap opera set in Spain that Phil and his friends filmed at his old Rossendale house.

Phil steadily gained subscribers until his popularity spiked in 2008 which got some of his videos featured on the homepage! (Which was a huge deal for Youtuber at that time!) From this popularity spike, a few opportunities arose like his “TV debut” on these two adverts:

Phil also got the chance to fly to Ireland to visit the RTÉ studios with his friend Stephen and film for ApartmentRed which was partially run by RTÉ! (The main broadcasting company in Ireland)

Phil’s subscribers continued to rise and by the time he had encouraged Dan to start uploading to danisnotonfire, he had gained 70,000 subscribers. (Which was popular for its time!) Together, him and Dan became more of a duo and within a short space of time their most sought after and popular videos became the ones they both appeared in! By mid-2011, they had both been contacted by BBC Radio 1 and made their first radio appearance when they were streamed through to the 2011 Fun and Filth Cabaret to interact with the audience!:

 (a little more info on the whole radio thing here!)

It wasn’t until 2012 when the second and more massive popularity spike occurred, and thus, the “Phandom” term was coined and the Phandom as we know it now was born!

And after many radio shows, hostings, working with the BBC, ITV and Disney, a book publishing and a UK tour, here we are today, 10 years later!

As of the time of posting Phil is at 3,328,658 subscribers and has a grand total of  308,575,063 views on all his videos…bloody hell!

Philip Lester, you’ve entertained many, saved many, and inspired literally millions of people from 2006-2016. Thank you for letting us into your silly world for the past 10 years, and here’s to whatever the next 10 years will bring! You really are a proper legend and may the legend continue to live on!!! #10YearsOfAmazingPhil



Colorized Photos of Children Working at the Beginning of the 20th Century

Photographer Lewis Hine documented at the beginning of the 20th century and during more than ten years, the tough daily life of children working in American factories and mines. His pictures were colorized by the specialist Sanna Dullaway and published in the Time.