Highlighting the Parallels
of Past and Present
Mount Carmel Item, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1924
I’m sorta confused, did old timey newspapers just have a section of random jokes and off-hand interesting remarks?
They did! Usually on an editorial page you’d find one (or a couple) editorials, maybe a society column, a cartoon, some annoying ads (boring ones for patent medicines) and then usually some quips (the best part!).
A popular column of syndicated quips by ‘Tom Sims’ (Tom Sims ran for years) was used by quite a few papers, and for about three months in 1924 it took a mock newspaper form which (I thought) was really funny. They basically just took a quips they usually used in the column but put them under different categories in the “newspaper” like ‘health hints’, ‘fashion tips’ and ‘gardening hints’ like these ones:
The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, January 16, 1924
An ad explaining what the new column would be like: The Republic, Columbus, Indiana, January 8, 1924
Thank you!!! 🙂
The Bee, Danville, Virginia, August 11, 1923
7th Avenue & 52nd Street, New York, June 4, 1915
Midwinter Fair, San Francisco, 1894
The Bee, Danville, Virginia, August 8, 1923
The Daily Times, New Philadelphia, Ohio, January 19, 1924
Eau Claire Leader, Wisconsin, April 27, 1923
The Daily Times, New Philadelphia, Ohio, December 24, 1924