Gallery: A Treasure Trove of Britain's Old Newspapers
By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor |
Crumbling newspapers held in the British Archive. An ambitious 10-year project with findmypast.com aims to digitize 50 million pages of newsprint from the collection.
Extra-large scanners are used to transform 8,000 pages into digital form every day.
Richard III 'Discovery'
In 1935, the Bath Weekly Chronicle and Herald reported the discovery of a skeleton thought to be Richard III's.
A 1924 news brief gets a dig in at famed mathematician Albert Einstein.
An archivist positions newsprint on a special scanner.
An archivist irons out creases in an old newspaper. Some severely damaged papers have to undergo special conservation before scanning.
A miscellaneous news segment from 1851 tells of a mishap at the Crystal Palace, the enormous glass building created to house the international expo.
A Lady Thief
The scandalous tale of a "lady thief" in Hereford.
A 1934 article datelined Birmingham, Ala., tells of an alleged elephant theft.
Old newspapers display the medical cures of the times, including the alliteratively named "Pink Pills for Pale People."
A newspaper supplement commemorating the crowning of Queen Victoria.
British Newspaper Library
Hard copies of old newspapers are kept in large folios.
A Sunday Post Special in December 1917, during World War I.
This lavishly illustrated 1870's newspaper tells a tale of two young lovers who jumped from a steamer rather than be separated by an irate father. On the same page, a drunken balloonist.
A 1929 news story about a man fined for drinking methylated spirits (alcohol-based solvent), allegedly as a flu cure.
Warner's Safe Cure advertisement from a newspaper printed in 1900.
Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.