This week I pulled a copy of the Napanee Beaver from February 1901 out of our Time Capsule.
The newspaper is huge (open it out and it’s 36 inches wide!), the print tiny and the articles, ads, notices crammed in.
I don’t understand how people could read it. I found it exhausting. And what about the typesetters? Imagine those thousands of teeny tiny blocks they had to put in place.
This week as I was searching for interesting tidbits to transcribe into this post, I realized how much I missed the creative zap from last year’s weekly Blurt-writing. Time for some creative fun! So this is a mash-up. I’ve spliced together Continue reading →
The years I’m very good, Santa leaves an Old Farmers Almanac in my Christmas stocking. I’ve always loved reading it. Not that I ever use the astronomical calculations or the tide tables. But I enjoy the Farmer’s Calendar. Perhaps it reminds me of my childhood in rural England.
No Almanac in my stocking this year (what did I do that Santa disapproved of?) but I did pull one out of my Time Capsule this week. Dated 1869.
Robert B. Thomas is the name on the cover – and has been since 1792, the year he founded the Almanac. That’s 224 years, going on 225!
Inside the Almanac, the other extreme: a thought for someone whose name has long been forgotten:
THE INVENTOR OF THE PLOUGH
It is not known where he who invented the plough was born, or where he died. Yet he has effected more for the happiness of the world than the whole race of heroes and conquerors, who have drenched it with tears, and deluged it with blood, and whose birth, parentage, and education have been handed down to us with a precision precisely proportionate to the mischief they have done. (Colton, Old Farmer’s Almanac 1869)
When my husband and I came to Canada in January 1976 we started gathering odd bits and pieces in a Time Capsule.
I can’t now remember why! Nor do I remember when we stopped.
But this year – 41 years later and Canada’s 150th anniversary – I’ve decided it’s time for us to open the Time Capsule – an old steamer trunk we bought in Toronto – to see what’s in there.
Going by the weight, there’s a lot! If I remember right it’s mostly paper – show programmes, interesting flyers, old newspaper articles and magazines, old postcards and other written memorabilia we came across in our daily lives or in second hand stores…
Yesterday, January 1, I opened the Time Capsule. So that’s why we stopped – the steamer trunk is full to bursting!
I told my husband to close his eyes and reach in and pick one thing.
Every Wednesday during 2017, I’ll share whatever we pull out in our weekly Lucky Dip (my turn next!) into the Time Capsule. Starting this Wednesday…