With old newspaper articals, the past does more than come alive. It brings back a spring in the step of those that were there. This is when the story that is being read leads the reader to be reminded of other related events that occurred at the same time in our elders’ lives. For many grandfathers, this is the time when they would break out a story about their youth, and how life was 60 to 80 years ago.
Before long, the stories from the greatest generation that ever lived will only be found in old newspapers. This is because time catches up with all of us and we must pass the torch on to the next generation.
Times have a way of changing how things are done. What is considered an old news paper article now was fresh news at one time. At the turn of the last century, the news in the paper was current. The farmers that lived in rural America would get a copy on their weekly trip into town. That night, the father and mother would gather the children around the fireplace or kerosene lantern and read the current events of the world to their children.
Today, all a person has to do to find current events is to turn on their computer and any events from all corners of the globe are accessible to them. With such access, the modern reporter no longer has any trouble filling up their columns with news events. This is dramatically different than the dilemma reporters faced a century ago.
Front page stories back then would include who was invited to the local socialite’s house for dinner, and wedding announcements. Included in the stories would be the complete lists of those that attended these events.
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