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Before There Was Fake News, There Was “Yellow Journalism”

We are not the first generation to live through media manipulation, some of it quite partisan in nature. Please read this informative essay (with links) – To Fix Fake News, Look to Yellow Journalism from JSTOR.

You might also dive into Yellow Journalism (First Amendment Encyclopedia); Yellow Journalism: A Timeline (Yellow Journalism); History of American Journalism: 1900s (University of Kansas); Yellow Journalism: The “Fake News” of the 19th Century (Public Domain Review); The True History of Fake News (New York Review of Books); and U.S. Diplomacy and Yellow Journalism, 1895-1898 U.S. State Department)

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Old School Valentine’s Day

From the British Library and its renowned Digitised Manuscripts site comes Be My Valentine, a collection of love letters written c.1500 and bound together in a single volume along with illustrations. The actual manuscript – Petit Livre d’Amour – is found here; other images from various manuscripts can be found here.

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Christmas Annuals

This type of publication has been around for almost two hundred years and is still popular today. Produced by magazine publishers, these once-yearly special issues were given as Christmas presents; many contained copious stories and illustrations and were expensively bound in leather with gold lettering. Forget-Me-Not published by Rudolph Ackermann is generally acknowledged as the first of its kind, appearing in 1823.

Select volumes can be seen at Nineteenth Century British & American Literary Annuals (University of South Carolina); The Belgravia Annual (Online Books Page);  Forget-Me-Not and Juvenile Forget-Me-Not (HathiTrust); Beeton’s Christmas Annual (HathiTrust); Boy’s Own Annual (HathiTrust); and Routledge’s Christmas Annual (Online Books Page).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How the Victorians Celebrated Christmas

This delightfully informative online exhibit from The British Library is replete with links and visuals to give us an understanding of Christmas through Victorian eyes.

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“Christmas Carol” on Film

Almost 400 versions of this venerable title can be accessed here, from Blackadder’s Christmas Carol to a 1969 animated version shown on ABC to the 1910 interpretation done by the Thomas Edison studio. This latter title was  remastered, retitled, tinted, and supplied with a new soundtrack in 2010; for the original, please come here.

 

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Hundreds of Christmas Broadsides

Brown University has a very large collection of broadsides – Harris Broadsides Collection – of which over 15,000 are available online;  here are the almost 1,000 dealing with Christmas.

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Christmas Stories

Here you will find a collection of hundreds of volumes of stories pertaining to Christmas, some as far back as the 1840s.

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Facts About Veterans Day

A little history and some background on this hallowed day are here; many additional facts and figures can be gleaned from this Census Bureau site.

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The Woman Who Owns Halloween

That would be Lesley Bannatyne from Harvard who has published extensively on Halloween. You can sample many of her writings here.

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Labor Day – Resources and Links

As we celebrate this important holiday, here is a factsheet with numerous links to resources tracing the history and associated legislation with Labor Day. You can also visit Today in History: First Labor Day.

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2019 New Jersey Memorial Day Events

Parades, celebrations, and other events will be held throughout the state; this leisure guide provides additional activities. Here you will find a fuller listing for Hudson County.

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Christmas with the Founding Fathers

The Founders Online site currently contains over 181,000 transcribed documents written to and by George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison. A simple search allows you to locate those works that mention Christmas; another search filter allows you to limit your searches to those missives dated December 25 of a particular year. Such an example is this letter written by George Washington to Robert Morris on December 25, 1776, the night he successfully attacked the Hessian garrison at Trenton.

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2018 Winter Solstice

Facts, figures, and folklore are here.

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Facts and Figures on Irish Americans

This annual feature from the Census Bureau incorporates various data sets that pertain to the Irish in America (and some St Patrick’s Dayinformation as well).

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Vintage Valentine Day Cards

From the Smithsonian Institution comes this collection of Valentine Day cards and images from handmade to commercially produced. Some are simply done while others are very elaborate in their fabrication; many pre-date 1900. The Peabody Essex Museum also has a large collection, almost two hundred, with a couple pre-dating 1800. Hundreds of comic valentines are available from Pennsylvania State University; additional collections are at the Library of Birmingham, the Museum of London, New York Public Library, and the Library of Congress.

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Happy National Science Fiction Day!

It is held annually on January 2, the birthday of the prolific author, science fiction master, and fellow Brooklynite Isaac Asimov. Please review our previous science fiction postings for apposite readings in this genre.

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Christmas Postcards

From the New York Public Library’s extensive collection of postcards, here is a subset depicting Christmas from the early 20th century; here is a sub-section with Santa as the main theme.

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Thomas Nast’s “Christmas Drawings for the Human Race”

Nast was a political cartoonist whose work helped expose the corruption of New York City government as typified by Boss Tweed and Tammany Hall; he was also a prolific chronicler of the Civil War for Harper’s Weekly. In addition, he is credited with the creation of our modern depiction of Santa Claus. His Christmas Drawings for the Human Race collect his many seasonal sketches; you can see in these pages the Santa Claus we now know appear.

Additional work by Nast can be found at: The Thomas Nast Collection (Princeton); and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (Ohio State).

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Christmas Through the Centuries

“I hope the next Christmas will prove happier than the present to you…”. So wrote George Washington to Robert Morris on December 25, 1776. To view examples of Christmas writings contained in diaries over a span of hundreds of years, please visit Diary Days from Christmas Past.

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How Santa Claus Has Been Depicted Over the Years

For a pictorial journey over the years, please come here.

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