This week's Sepia Saturday
newspaperish theme provides me with an excuse for presenting another edition of The Daily Blah
! This is an issue from 1936, when my father, the editor/writer, was 17... a mere 18 years before I was born. It gives a good "roundup" of local events in rural Livonia, Michigan.
|The editor (left) and a cohort on the hood of the legendary Marmon|
|Uncle Clyde's renowned general store, Nelson's place of work|
The "forest of signs" referred to on January 11 were all advertisements for various Old Dutch Mill products.
|Bosco the delivery truck, I believe, and unknown driver (Aunt Gladys?)|
If you missed them, there are a three previous Daily Blah posts: One
, and Three
Almost like a blog a day. Well worth the read. I must gat to Livonia when I visit Michigan next. Great delivery truck.ReplyDelete
This was a fun read!! I used to do the same thing when I was a kid, always wanted to be a reporter among other things.ReplyDelete
Did he have his own mimeograph machine?ReplyDelete
Who was the target audience for The Daily Blah, and have you any idea how many copies were made?ReplyDelete
Bob - alas Livonia bears little resemblance to its former self - it's all suburbia and automotive factories! Kristin and Brett - Nelson hand-wrote a single copy of each issue, no copies were made! He posted the paper at his school. If his masthead is correct, he must have started when he was eight years old; I know he attended the one-room schoolhouse next door to his home in Elm (now Livonia) for several years, and then Redford Union High. Interestingly, his love of hand-lettered publications continued till his old age: he made a couple of posters every week to advertise the thrice-weekly student poetry readings he hosted at the U of Washington, between 1971 and 1990!
I love that final photo. It has so much personality.,ReplyDelete
I love that you saved all your father's old newspapers. What treasures they are.ReplyDelete
Very much like a blog if blogs could be like folk art. I like how he recorded the death of King George V but the day before was "censored". What's that about?ReplyDelete
I love his sense of humor and that these still exist. It's amazing how an old scrap of paper can pass through time with the person who first touched it still very much a part of it.ReplyDelete