Wednesday, January 21, 2009


I've been entertained lately by the rabble-rousing names of American newspapers right from the beginning. There weren't many who owned a printing press in those days, so the number of papers was quite small. Most of them were weekly, I read, because it took about that long to set four pages of type for broadsheet and then get the papers printed and distributed. I've also been reading about Harriet Martineau. Mentioned somewhere along the line was that among the periodicals that published her work were two I haven't seen: The Monthly Repository and Once A Week. Not all that long ago, older libraries had bound volumes of all the important nineteenth-century and early twentiety-century periodicals. Now, they've probably all been disposed of or, when kept, relegated to the "rare book" departments and no longer shelved in the open stacks.


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