A bored historian's celebration of old newspapers and the people, stories and humor found therein.
I would pay untold amounts of money for the “You Make Me Tired” button.
(source: Robert H. Ingersoll & Bros. Catalog, 1898.)
Oh asbestos. Is there anything you can’t do?
That is the most dapper fake mustache I have ever seen.
Between BuzzFeed and the Star Trek listing I have gained a fairly ridiculous number of followers in the last two weeks. So I just wanted to take a minute to welcome everybody!
Hi! I’m Sam(antha). If anybody has any questions/comments/requests feel free to drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you :)
So apparently fans of the local Hannibal, Missouri baseball team were known as the “Hannibal fandom” in the 1910s.
(source: The Moberly Daily Monitor, March 2, 1911.)
Looks like Back to the Five & Dime may have found an explanation for our love-sick lobster!
This may or may not solve your lobster mystery! http://postcardcollector.org/forum/index.php?p=/discussion/comment/11955
If anyone could explain what is happening here, I would be forever grateful.
(source: Puck magazine, June 20, 1914.)
Are you telling me that “flying what-nots” lost out to “UFOs”?
I am very disappointed in you 1947.
(source: The Sheboygan Press, July 9, 1947. [Right at the height of the 1947 flying saucer sightings.])
Who doesn’t need a Fonz bean bag chair?
(source: The Sears Catalog, Spring-Summer 1977.)
A TV schedule listing for the first episode of Star Trek.
(source: The Bridgeport Post, September 8, 1966.)