Monday, April 10, 2006


I've recently developed a fascination for broadsides -- a charming old medium that got the word out to the people before newspapers became common. Usually someone turned a profit on them (they weren't free), but they were also posted publicly, both as an ad to entice buyers and as a public service. Broadsides featuring pictures were more expensive to print, but there are some great images in them, when you can find them. They told stories, songs, attempted to sway public opinion, and report the news. Here are a few archival broadside resources:


Watching: Incident at Loch Ness
Listening: RU Sirius show

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