Tag Archives: Yesterday’s News

Yesterday’s News: The Shangri-La

When the United States government formally announced that the Doolittle raid — a flight of B-17s over Tokyo in early 1942 — had been carried out, President Roosevelt informed a reporter that the bombers had been launched from a secret … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s News: Shrinkwrapped Sunbather

“It takes a lot of sand to wear this costume, which is 80 per cent cellophane. The other 10 percent is bathing suit. It’s the newest fad at Malibu beach, playspot of the Hollywood film colony. June Clyde is shown … Continue reading

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Yesterday’s News

Recently I had occasion to review the front pages of virtually all of 1918, or at least from January to late September. I didn’t find what I was looking for, in part because the Great War consumed the papers, but … Continue reading

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Purim Ball: Admit no Livestock!

You know it’s gonna be a wild party when  they insist on “no livestock” up front: The Harmony Club building was built at the turn of the 20th century by members of Selma’s then-burgeoning Jewish community. The lower floor housed … Continue reading

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She Can’t Say No to a Soldier

A few months back I posted a collection of oddities from my hometown newspaper throughout the 20th century,  mostly to illustrate how local papers have radically changed in their offerings. From time to time I see little curiosities I like … Continue reading

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Top Ten Things You Won’t Find in Today’s Local Newspaper

Working in local history, I spend a lot of face to face time with our microfilm machine. We have reels for papers as far back as the mid-1800s, and there’s no decade in the 20th century I haven’t spent weeks in, … Continue reading

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