Last week, an issue dropped which will be of interest to many people reading this, I think: Victorian Newspapers.
It starts with an expert on Victorian newspapers getting more than a little annoyed by the presence of a newspaper with a large headline on it in a period piece about Charles Dickens:
As Nicholson went on to explain, giant newspaper headlines did not exist during Dickens’ lifetime. In fact, the front page of most contemporary papers contained no headlines at all—they were smattered with text-dense chunks of advertisements. Interestingly, it was a slew of 19th century technological innovations and policy changes—the very kind that Dickens loved writing about—that created the paper as we know it today.
It’s a lovely piece of context for today’s discussion about the future of newspapers, and a reminder that today’s digital transition is just the latest step in a long process of change and evolution.
I particularly enjoyed this Daily Mail cover from the early 20th century:
“Servants seeking situations”…