As you might know, Google currently has a collection of newspaper archives that's worth knowing about.
It turns out that the Newspaper Archive search still works, it just requires a bit of special technique to actually search it out.
You can go to this URL: https://news.google.com/news/advanced_news_search
and it will show you a popup. Fill in the fields the way you want, THEN do a date-restrict to the dates you want, and THEN in the "Source" field, enter the name of the newspaper you want.
Here's an example of looking for "Phrygian Cap" (as we discussed in an earlier SRS post about these hats).
And the results...
If you click on the first result, you'll see this excerpt from the NYTimes of 1893
As another example, you can put in the name of one of the newspaper scanned collection in the source: field. To wit,
Be sure you put in the name of a newspaper that we have in our scanned archive. (Check out the full list of scanned newspapers at: news.google.com/newspapers )
Once you're on a roll and have started one of these, you can then substitute the name of another paper in the source: field slot at the top of the page without having to go back to the original URL shown above.
It's not handy, but it works, and you can vary the date-range AND source to be what you want it to be.
Let us know what interesting things you discover in the news archives.
(My favorite from this morning was to look up something more about "hand grenades" used to put out fires, again, as discussed in an earlier SRS post.)
From the Brandon Mail, Aug 25, 1887... Article: "Burned at sea. The SS City of Montreal burned to the water's edge in mid-ocean"
In the section, "The Captain's Version," the scene was described:
What can YOU find?