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benny1982

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I was leafing through the microfiche of an 1804 paper recently and the grammar used is not much different to today. Amazing to think it is 205 years old. They were talking about national and international events in similar dialogue and grammar that we do today with adverts such as "Sweeten Your Breath" or "Rheumatism Herbs".
 

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I was leafing through the microfiche of an 1804 paper recently and the grammar used is not much different to today. Amazing to think it is 205 years old. They were talking about national and international events in similar dialogue and grammar that we do today with adverts such as "Sweeten Your Breath" or "Rheumatism Herbs".
Hi Ben
I love old newspapers. The ones i have been reading lately are dated around the 1860 era and i love the way they wrote descriptions of things. One i read stated how a fella had "dropped dead off his horse" They just got straight to the point, no soft touches to their stories.

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When I was a young lad(don't laugh), I used to do plumbing and heating. Used to pull up floorboards to run the pipes underneath.
One time I found a newspaper dated 1912, and on the front page was Titanic disaster.
Used to find a lot of old papers underneath carpets also.

Steve.:)
 

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When I was a young lad(don't laugh), I used to do plumbing and heating. Used to pull up floorboards to run the pipes underneath.
One time I found a newspaper dated 1912, and on the front page was Titanic disaster.
Used to find a lot of old papers underneath carpets also.

Steve.:)
When we bought a old house once we ripped the floor coverings out and there were all old newspapers between the flooring and floor coverings. I was told they put the papers between the floor and vinyl for extra warmth, dont know if this was right or not.

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When we bought a old house once we ripped the floor coverings out and there were all old newspapers between the flooring and floor coverings. I was told they put the papers between the floor and vinyl for extra warmth, dont know if this was right or not.

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It was right, but really useless. They also stopped the floor covering from sticking to the floorboards.
They still make interesting reading though.:)

Steve.:)
 

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It was right, but really useless. They also stopped the floor covering from sticking to the floorboards.
They still make interesting reading though.:)

Steve.:)
That they do! Some of the papers had advertsing for kids clothing and they were pretty dear for the wages they would have been on back then. No wonder a lot of wives/mothers did a lot of their own sewing.

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Wrapped around chips were the best old papers!...old newspapers are so important to us,,,old photos are usually staged or give us an image.....a paper gives an image of life as it was then...warts n all.
 

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Old newspapers can contain valuable genealogy info. If an ancestor was a businessman, aristocrat, or a well respected member of the community quite often when they had a child, married or died they are mentioned.
 

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Old newspapers can contain valuable genealogy info. If an ancestor was a businessman, aristocrat, or a well respected member of the community quite often when they had a child, married or died they are mentioned.
Hi Ben
Mentioned also if they had been a criminal:biggrin:
I found some info from a old newspaper that helped me then find where a ancestor owned property which in turn helped me to order the correct records i wanted. very helpful and also interesting to read.

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A couple of years ago I was looking on the Genuki site trying to find some info and not getting anywhere, then decided to look at the're newspaper extracts. Scrolling down an address caught my eye it was a marriage announcement for a Charles Davies, same surname as my gt gran and the address the same as on her death certificate, the only thing was his fathers name was Charles, my gt grans was Thomas. What had turned out to be Charles was my gt grans brother and the fathers name was Charles Thomas Davies, this helped to break down a great big wall for me. So who would have thought that Thomas Davies licensed victualler was Charles Davies shipwright/pork butcher/licensed victualler, his death certificate showed he was the licensed victualler at the Greyhound Inn Llantrisant. :)
 

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