Front pages (and usually back, middle or other pages) chosen at random (more or less) from my collection of mostly 20th Century mostly British newspapers. Weekly new posts on Sundays, a Random Cutting on Wednesdays and a Random Advert on Fridays.
What better was to survive living in the 1980's and having to listen to The Smiths, U2, Pet Shops Boys, Prefab Sprout and Phil Collins, than to take Kalms containing a sedative made from the root of the Valerian plant?
Back in 1924 the two rich friends Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb kidnapped and murdered 14 year old Booby Franks, caught and put on trial. They both received life plus 99 years. It was probably the efforts of their famous defence lawyer, Clarence Darrow, that saved them from being executed. James Day was never convicted of killing Loeb and served the rest of his original sentence, being released in 1942.
Chester Gould created the cartoon strip 'Dick Tracy' in 1931 for the Detroit Mirror, writing and drawing it up until his death in 1985, although other artists contributed when Gould's ill-health prevented him working. This episode features the blind inventor of such gadgets as the 2-Way Wrist Radio and the TV burglar alarm, Brilliant. Gould and his strip have been criticised for being too Right-wing.
'The Singing Fool' was Al Jolson's follow up to the film generally regarded as the first feature length Talkie, 'The Jazz Singer' (1927). Not everyone was in favour of the Talkies and having seen several Silents from the late 1920's as well as several early Talkies, I think I would probably have been amongst the nay-sayers.
Doctor prescribes heroin injections, patient gets hooked on 'repeat' heroin prescriptions, patient gets ill, patient dies. Verdict - death by natural causes. The Billie Carleton case referred to in the cutting, happened the previous November when the young actress died of a heroin overdose after a Victory party at the Royal Albert Hall.
Margaret Rutherford had a stage acting career starting in 1925 at the Old Vic Theatre and ending in 1966 when she played Mrs Malaprop in The Rivals at the Haymarket Theatre, alongside Sir Ralph Richardson, and a film career spanning 1936 to 1967. She is probably best remembered on film as Agatha Christie's amateur sleuth Miss Marple.
I'm not sure today's newspapers would print such a graphic picture of a dead celebrity. Ernie Kovaks an American radio and TV star, comic, scriptwriter, film actor, novelist and during the early 1950's the first TV innovator who, by stretching the existing video technology to its limits, won a posthumous Emmy in 1962. As shown above he died in car accident in Los Angeles on the 13rh January 1962.
The Queen, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret having just seen the Old Vic production of Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' on February 3rd 1938. It starred Robert Helpmann as Oberon, Vivien Leigh as Titania and the cast included Ralph Richardson and Anthony Quayle.
I was not quite a teenager in 1958 and my parents had a car and a washing machine with a ringer on top, but we didn't have a television, telephone or a fridge. There might have been a lawnmower somewhere in the old Anderson shelter we used as a shed. We rented a 2 channel black and white TV from 1960 onwards.
Published in March 1919 this article in support of aviation as the future in both war and peace is suprisingly perseptive. Boer War and world War I veteran and politician General John Seely had recently been made Under-Secretary of State for Air but he resigned at the end of 1919 after the Government refused to create a Secretary of State for Air.
Prince Charles and Diana Spenser's wedding in July 1981 spawned a good many pieces of memorobilia. Here we have three examples - stamps, a medallion and coins. All guaranteed to last longer than the marriage?
This dramatic photo is from the Times Weekly Edition dated 28th April 1927. The original Netherlands Hotel on New York's 5th Avenue had been torn down to make way for this new 38 story replacement. During the buildings construction, on the 12th April 1927, the wooden scaffolding around the top 16 stories caught fire and the ensuing flames took 12 hours to put out.
A description of the incident appears in the introduction to Bill Bryson's 2013 book 'One Summer - 1927'