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The Boston Globe's Newspaper Row storefront
May 24, 2011 7:10 PM   Subscribe

Long before the Web, The Boston Globe had a “homepage” of sorts – its old storefront downtown. Taking advantage of its location in a heavily trafficked block of Newspaper Row, the young daily brought the news to Bostonians in a whole new way: handwritten signs.
posted by Trurl (8 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite

I heard back then The Big Picture was painted by amateur artists on HUGE canvasses of news pictures
posted by wheelieman at 7:56 PM on May 24, 2011 [2 favorites]

That's really neat, sort of a more personal version of the ticker on Times Square. It would have been a good subject for The Big Picture.
posted by TedW at 7:57 PM on May 24, 2011

Huh - interesting!

The "handwritten signs" on storefront angle made me think of Badger Liquor on State Street in Madison.
posted by symbioid at 8:50 PM on May 24, 2011

That's really cool. I wish there were sign spinners for news stories nowadays -- in my neck of the woods, the main road always has a bunch of kids holding signs for "SELL UR GOLD 4 CASH" businesses. It would be neat to see somebody wearing a sandwich board with whatever the top headlines for the day are, selling newspapers by the roadside. (Of course, I live in Florida, land of the Old, where not everybody gets their news online.)
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posted by nasreddin at 11:38 PM on May 24, 2011 [1 favorite]

one of the most interesting aspects of the article, i thought, was the juxtaposing hat styles from 1912 to 1925.
posted by jadayne at 5:15 AM on May 25, 2011

One thing I have always liked about historical ephemera is my impression that decades ago, everyone had far better handwriting than today: looking at letters written by people in my great-grandparents' generation, I see the results of many years practice with the nib and the inkwell, with stern nuns standing over the students.

Then there is this guy, whose ungainly modern-looking scrawl is a better argument for time travel than the photo of the dude in modern sunglasses at the dam opening or the old lady on the cell phone at the Chaplin premiere.
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