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(WTAE)   Slow news day: "77-year-old newspaper found under old church carpet". Newspapers were once used by people to find out what happened a few days ago, much like a CNN retraction   (wtae.com) divider line 36
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2013-11-04 08:22:50 PM
My parents used rolled-up newspaper to store the Christmas lights.  Every year when my brother and I unwound the lights, we'd look at the grocery store ads.

Campbell's tomato soup, on sale in the mid-1960s for 3 cents a can.
 
2013-11-04 08:23:01 PM
Odd thing is, and Subby here, I found a 77 year old newspaper under a church carpet this summer cleaning up our newly acquired community center's music venue, a 100 year old plus church. Man, the prices back then.
 
2013-11-04 08:25:03 PM
Oooh, a paper with a Presidential victory declaration.  They should take it to this pawn shop I know, but they'll have to wait while the guy calls his buddy down to give him an idea of what it is worth.

\seriously, that is kinda cool
\\Article subjects don't seem to understand the concept of inflation, though.  Sure, a horse whip only cost 5 quatloos, but the average salary for a year was only 20 quatloos.
\\\It was an artisan crafted horse whip
 
2013-11-04 08:27:37 PM
For some reason, my brain blocked out "newspaper", so it saw "77 year old found under old church carpet".

Prolly smelt about as bad, either way.
 
2013-11-04 08:30:20 PM
Putting newspaper on walls was (still, in some places) to keep the "haints"[sic] from coming through the walls.

/finally got that monkey off my back
 
2013-11-04 08:33:05 PM
If you think about it, having to print out the news and give everyone who wanted to know it their own copy is pretty crazy.
 
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2013-11-04 08:34:10 PM
We did some remodeling on my brothers house.  Packed around the bathroom window (inside the wall) was a complete newspaper from 1952 which had advertisements for homes in east Baltimore.  You could buy a home for $5 down and a grand total of $2,400.   At the same time there were top of the line Chevy cars listed for the same price.
 
2013-11-04 08:36:27 PM
A few years ago, I was riding BART (SF's subway).  Middle of the day, so plenty of seats.  I sit down and I note someone left behind a Watchtower magazine (Jehovah Witnesses).  I'm thinking eh, long ride to East Bay, what the heck - atleast I have something to read instead of staring off into space.

Anyhow, I start reading some random article and it goes on about communism being the Anti-Christ and I'm thinking wow, that's sort of dated. Communism?  Who talks about that anymore? Then it mentions the "evil Soviet Empire".  At this point, I was like WTF? and I look at the front cover and its a 1985 copy of Watchtower.

Who the hell puts a 25 year copy of Watchtower in a subway car?
 
2013-11-04 08:38:31 PM
Except in the case of afternoon newspapers, which were printed right after lunch and in small towns were on a subscriber's front porch by suppertime.

News of the day, that day. Pretty cool. Plus social news - the Twitter of its time.
 
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2013-11-04 08:38:34 PM
I collect American newspapers from the 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  People are exactly the same today as they were hundreds of years ago.  They committed the same crimes, killed one another over love, stole from family and others, cheated on spouses, etc. etc.  The only difference is that we have electronic communications today.  We're more involved in things that have nothing to do with actual life.
 
2013-11-04 08:46:17 PM

NFA: I collect American newspapers from the 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  People are exactly the same today as they were hundreds of years ago.  They committed the same crimes, killed one another over love, stole from family and others, cheated on spouses, etc. etc.  The only difference is that we have electronic communications today.  We're more involved in things that have nothing to do with actual life.


I remember looking at how many newspapers operated in NYC in the early part of the 20th century, and was shocked at how many there were. It was literally dozens, spanning the political spectrum.

The medium has changed, but the media really hasnt.
 
2013-11-04 08:51:52 PM

vudukungfu: Odd thing is, and Subby here, I found a 77 year old newspaper under a church carpet this summer cleaning up our newly acquired community center's music venue, a 100 year old plus church. Man, the prices back then.


I chuckled at the CNN retraction bit.
 
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2013-11-04 08:55:12 PM

MFAWG: The medium has changed, but the media really hasnt.


It's very enjoyable to read news stories where the motivation is to tell the story and not to serve some agenda.  To say it's impossible to report the news without inserting one's bias is a huge cope out.  It's just lazy journalism to give in to bias.
 
2013-11-04 08:56:24 PM

SirEattonHogg: A few years ago, I was riding BART (SF's subway).  Middle of the day, so plenty of seats.  I sit down and I note someone left behind a Watchtower magazine (Jehovah Witnesses).  I'm thinking eh, long ride to East Bay, what the heck - atleast I have something to read instead of staring off into space.

Anyhow, I start reading some random article and it goes on about communism being the Anti-Christ and I'm thinking wow, that's sort of dated. Communism?  Who talks about that anymore? Then it mentions the "evil Soviet Empire".  At this point, I was like WTF? and I look at the front cover and its a 1985 copy of Watchtower.

Who the hell puts a 25 year copy of Watchtower in a subway car?


Al Qaeda, that's who.
 
2013-11-04 09:07:42 PM
I was doing some remodeling on an old home, and I found a tobacco tin stuffed full of cat food coupons.

The worst part of this, after the let down of not actually finding money, the coupons were all expired.
 
2013-11-04 09:08:55 PM
Cooler if they found a paper 77 years into the future. Bet it would be made of hemp.
 
2013-11-04 09:09:12 PM
As an official Old Fart Who Still Reads The Newspaper, I think this is about the funniest headline of the day.

If only there were some medium on which to preserve it for posterity.....
 
2013-11-04 09:10:57 PM
While everyone is commenting on the news paper, I what I want to know how the hell they got 77 years out of their carpeting?

Aside from that, what I like to do as I remodel my house is to put things inside walls (sale papers, coins, stuff I print off the net) so people down the road have stuff to find.
 
2013-11-04 09:13:23 PM
But with crossword, horoscope, and sudoku!  And sometimes the hilarity of Cal Thomas!  Win!

/"Today is a 1.  You suck and everyone hates you...", etc.
 
2013-11-04 09:20:38 PM
I thought this was going to be another Will Greenlee article.
 
2013-11-04 09:23:01 PM

NFA: I collect American newspapers from the 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  People are exactly the same today as they were hundreds of years ago.  They committed the same crimes, killed one another over love, stole from family and others, cheated on spouses, etc. etc.  The only difference is that we have electronic communications today.  We're more involved in things that have nothing to do with actual life.


My most interesting acquisition along those lines was the beginning of the serialization of Great Expectations in Harper's Weekly.

And you are exactly correct. Constant reading of old newspapers brings out many parallels and equivalencies to today's problems. Some comforting, others discomfiting.
 
2013-11-04 09:23:40 PM
Newspaper.  It's a litter version of the internet.
 
2013-11-04 09:26:07 PM

NFA: MFAWG: The medium has changed, but the media really hasnt.

It's very enjoyable to read news stories where the motivation is to tell the story and not to serve some agenda.  To say it's impossible to report the news without inserting one's bias is a huge cope out.  It's just lazy journalism to give in to bias.


Honestly, spend a day online reading some of the old Hearst papers or some of the labor papers. Then get back to me.
 
2013-11-04 10:06:00 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: NFA: I collect American newspapers from the 1600's, 1700's and 1800's.  People are exactly the same today as they were hundreds of years ago.  They committed the same crimes, killed one another over love, stole from family and others, cheated on spouses, etc. etc.  The only difference is that we have electronic communications today.  We're more involved in things that have nothing to do with actual life.

My most interesting acquisition along those lines was the beginning of the serialization of Great Expectations in Harper's Weekly.

And you are exactly correct. Constant reading of old newspapers brings out many parallels and equivalencies to today's problems. Some comforting, others discomfiting.


I personally keep looking for the next bubble to burst and take the economy down for real this time.

/ far too many economic parallels to the 1920-30s currently.
// Only thing really missing is a hardcore farm crisis to already have cut the legs out.
/// Alternately I'm waiting for someone to get caned in Congress, for a slightly older school vibe.
 
2013-11-04 10:19:27 PM
It's not the prices that went up.
It's the dollar that went down.

By CPI that $45 chevy is $758. By gold it's  ~$1700. By silver it's ~$756
 
2013-11-04 10:50:23 PM
When we were renovating we found a newspaper from 1939 under the linoleum.  Had a classified ad looking for "young, unmarried women to work in Australasia's most modern footwear factory".  It was my employer, though they haven't made shoes here in New Zealand for thirty years.

/Good luck placing an ad like that these days
//Carpet in other parts of house was original and yeah, it frickin reeked.
 
2013-11-04 10:52:00 PM

vudukungfu: Odd thing is, and Subby here, I found a 77 year old newspaper under a church carpet this summer cleaning up our newly acquired community center's music venue, a 100 year old plus church. Man, the prices back then.


Awesome headline.  It got an audible chuckle out of me.
 
2013-11-05 12:01:53 AM
I found newsprint from 1885 in the walls of my house.  I'm sure others can top it because Jesus.
 
2013-11-05 12:53:12 AM

leadmetal: It's not the prices that went up.
It's the dollar that went down.

By CPI that $45 chevy is $758. By gold it's  ~$1700. By silver it's ~$756


Cars are vastly more complex than they were in 1928 (the year that the $45 Chevy was made), thus they cost more to manufacture.  To get a real sense of how the dollar has fared, you need to look at something that hasn't changed much.

There's an ad for suits later on, with three different prices on it, $19.75, $22.50 and $30.00.  If your calculations are correct, they'd cost $332.68, $379 and $505.33 today when adjusted by CPI.  The $15.00 overcoat would cost $252.67.

A quick look at Men's Wearhouse's website shows suits on sale for as low as $149.99, with the vast majority of them in the $300 to $500 range.  Overcoats (or topcoats, if you prefer) run as low as $99.99, with a fair number of them between $200 and $300. This tells me that CPI is probably the most accurate one.
 
2013-11-05 12:57:22 AM
My Pops has The N.Y Daily News when Don Larson pitched his perfect game in 1956.Always cool to look at.Man stabbed in bar over Yankees/dodgers.

He also has The Daily news when JFK was killed.It is always an interesting read.

/whad up with finally changing the 77 year old carpet 10 year old carpet is disgusting.
 
2013-11-05 07:48:53 AM
I was looking through late 1800s newspapers online for genealogical purposes. The minutia that was reported was surprising to me initially, but the it wasn't when I considered Facebook/twitter posts.

Entries like...
Mr and Mrs X hosted a dinner party for their family from Chicago.

Farmer G hurt his ankle when it was stepped on by his horse.
 
2013-11-05 08:32:07 AM
"The price of newsprint keeps going up and advertising is down. We just can't afford to give you a raise this year."
 
2013-11-05 08:36:35 AM

SirEattonHogg: A few years ago, I was riding BART (SF's subway).  Middle of the day, so plenty of seats.  I sit down and I note someone left behind a Watchtower magazine (Jehovah Witnesses).  I'm thinking eh, long ride to East Bay, what the heck - atleast I have something to read instead of staring off into space.

Anyhow, I start reading some random article and it goes on about communism being the Anti-Christ and I'm thinking wow, that's sort of dated. Communism?  Who talks about that anymore? Then it mentions the "evil Soviet Empire".  At this point, I was like WTF? and I look at the front cover and its a 1985 copy of Watchtower.

Who the hell puts a 25 year copy of Watchtower in a subway car?


A slow reader.
 
2013-11-05 05:47:48 PM
If you are really into old newspapers go to your local historical archive, you can read tons of papers from the past.
 
2013-11-05 06:36:32 PM
It's just so cute that 77 is old in the US.
 
2013-11-05 08:06:53 PM

ukexpat: It's just so cute that 77 is old in the US.


It's so cute that 77 miles is a long way in the UK
 
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