Stack of Old Newspapers

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The newspaper arose – not coincidentally – with the coffeehouse of the 17th century. As we follow the rise of those disappearing periodicals from the 17th through the 20th centuries we are able to spy more than the news on their yellowing pages. A way of life reveals itself in ads and opinions.


The strong language in this edition of the New Observator would have gone very well with a strong cup of Joseph as it features a rant against the French King and his “dastardly and pusillanimous inviters and abettors.”

Mercurius Reformatus or the New Observator
Vol. 3 Numb. 6
7 ¾” x 12 ¾”
Friday August 15, 1690

Theatre of Memory program: A Stack of Old Newspapers