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Fascinating website offers scans of old historical U.S. newspapers

NAPLES, Fla./Tuesday, August 18, 2009– NewsBank, inc., one of the world’s premier information providers, announced today the launch of, a subscription service providing easy access to fully-searchable historical U.S. newspapers published from 1800-2000.
Featuring thousands of newspapers from all 50 states, including new content added monthly, provides an exceptional record of the topics, people, issues and events that shaped America’s past.
“ consolidates two centuries of hard-to-find American historical newspapers into a single database,” says website editor Tony Pettinato. “This comprehensive resource makes it easy to find eyewitness accounts of battles, wide-ranging news and editorials, period photographs, advertisements, firsthand perspectives on daily life, and much more.” offers cover-to-cover reproductions of thousands of historical newspapers and millions of articles that capture the civic, political, social and cultural events of American life. This new resource will appeal to a broad spectrum of users, from the serious scholarly researcher to the casual user interested in learning more about the nation’s past.
In addition to the extensive newspaper archives, visitors to can also enjoy free, thought-provoking commentaries that explore important events in American history. This week’s featured article is Pickett’s Charge: Turning Point of the Civil War. For a limited time, new subscribers can save up to 20% on memberships.
Visit to learn more.

I have checked out this site and must say that I have been very, very impressed. For example, I typed in the search word “Wrightsville” and the year “1863”, and up popped more than three dozen newspaper articles germane to the burning of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge by Gordon’s brigade in late June. Many of the vintage articles were familiar to me from historical society library files and some through Penn State’s on-line archives of Pennsylvania newspapers, but the out-of-town articles were fresh and new to me, and a couple included some tidbits of information that I did not know previously.

I am researching the Knights of the Golden Circle for a planned magazine article and, again, the website came through with a selection of clippings and articles of value for my files.
The new website is easy to use and quite intuitive. Response type to searches has been quite good, and I have used the site on multiple occasions with no problems.
The Civil War, of course, is only one small part of the massive database of newspaper articles. Searches fro such topics as the Titanic (40,000 hits!!!!), D-Day, the Hindenburg, Apollo moon landing, etc. all brought results. I for one could spend hours and hours browsing this fascinating new website. Advertisements from various periods are fun to look at in these old papers, and the prices certainly have increased for automobiles and household goods.

Articles found by the search engine can be downloaded for future reference or can be printed for hard copy storage.
And, of course, being from southern Ohio, I close this blog entry with one of my happiest years of my life – my engagement to Debi, the start of my junior year in college at Miami of Ohio, the purchase of my first car, my first miniature wargaming convention, and the Cincinnati Reds SWEEPING the Yankees!!!!!!

Ah, I really miss the Big Red Machine… where have you gone Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Perez?