Everyone knows how much I love trawling through old newspapers and earlier this week I received an email from Thomas, who runs a company that sells original newspaper gifts. How did he know? He offered to send me a couple of newspapers if I would write an article about them and/or link to his website.
Naturally, an unknown man offering to send me gifts in the post made me feel a little uncertain, but I decided to take him up on his offer – the lure of the old papers was just too much for me. He asked me what titles I would be interested in and I said “one of your oldest Scottish papers, please”. This morning, the postie delivered this
And inside, wrapped in tissue, were two newspapers
I gave them a quick inspection. There was a copy of the “North British Daily Mail” from Saturday 7th January 1882 and a copy of the “Glasgow News” from Monday March 9th 1885. Brilliant – old newspapers I can read without cranking a microfilm reader handle until my hand falls off :-)
The first thing I noticed was the size of these broadsheets. They’re 18″ wide and 24″ long. In 1882, there must have been a lot of elbowing on the train as the men with bowler hats went off to work, or maybe the train seats were bigger too.
They smelled a bit funny (kind of like old newspapers) and a closer look revealed that they were slightly yellowed – surely not… surely not? Then the penny dropped that they are the actual ORIGINAL prints, not the reproductions that I had expected. 130 year old newspapers that managed to avoid the fish and chip shop or being made into firelighters. Amazing. Needless to say, I have been reading a lot today.
Does your cat need stuffing or a relative need burying?
Are you in need of tricycle training, turkeys or tweeds?
I fancy getting myself a Ladies maid. That would make me a Lady, wouldn’t it?
I’m glad I took Thomas up on his offer as I’m going to have so much fun with these newspapers.
If you fancy having a look to see if Historic Newspapers have something which might interest you, I have been given a 15% off discount code to share with you, so if something catches your eye, enter the code 15TODAY. They have newspapers from all over the world, but the bulk of their archives are from the US and the UK.