Rare Newspapers – distracting?

May 6, 2010 by  
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One of the most common questions our Rare Newspapers’ staff is asked is, “How do you ever get anything done?  Don’t you get distracted by the interesting content within the issues?”  The answer is an enthusiastic, “YES!”  One of the most enjoyable aspects of our daily interaction with early newspapers are these very “distractions”.  Hardly a day goes by where we aren’t fascinated by or engaged in conversation resulting from the content within the issues we find.

One such discussion (distraction) was recently inspired by an issue of the Omaha Daily Bee dated June 28, 1919, which originally caught our attention because of its dramatic WWI headline, “PEACE TREATY SIGNED”, with a corresponding subhead, “China Alone Refuses To Sign Covenant That Ends Greatest War in History”.  However, what caused our “distraction” was the front page text (shown in the image) regarding the “World’s Ten Greatest Peace Treaties“.  Although this issue is no longer available, it can be viewed at:  http://www.rarenewspapers.com/view/570082?acl=781584385.  Much has occurred since the early 20th century.  We wonder what such a list might include if it were printed on the front page of a tomorrow’s newspaper?

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2 Responses to “Rare Newspapers – distracting?”

  1. Tom Stillman on May 6th, 2010 7:53 pm

    This topic reminds me of one of my favorite stories in high school. A friend of mine made the mistake (sort of) of doing his American History term paper on the Cuban Missile Crisis. Well since we live in San Francisco and were too young to remember the 1962 World Series (which took place at the same time as the Cuban affair), he took more than twice as long to research the topic as he kept getting distracted reading the articles about the World Series

  2. GuyHeilenman on May 7th, 2010 8:11 am

    And… they lost. 🙁

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