Old News Revisited

Published by: Susquehanna Times & Magazine, Inc

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            When I first received a free copy of Old News in 2005, I was intrigued – a publication in newspaper format containing historic news of yesteryear.  Being a history buff, I couldn’t wait to read it.  First established in 1989, Old News is published six times a year by Susquehanna Times & Magazine, Inc. in Landisville, P.A. and is printed in the style of The New York Times or The Times Herald Review

            What impresses me about Old News is that it is akin to The History Channel Magazine in that it contains in depth historical and educational information, without all of the annoying advertisements.  The only ad present in Old News is a subscription for the publication itself.  The rest of the paper is nothing more than informative articles about world history.

            Each article published in Old News is researched and all research materials are listed at the end of the articles.  The pieces are well-written, contain excellent black-and-white photos to illustrate the stories and often contain quotes from historical pieces written in that particular era.  The articles not only focus on United States history, but on the history of the world.

            The latest issue I received arrived in March, 2007 and contained five lengthy articles encompassing twelve pages.  Readers learned about the great Chicago fire of 1871 and how the persistence of one of the owners of The Chicago Tribune kept the newspaper running despite the disaster erupting all around it.  Another article discussed Napoleon’s escape from exile on the island of Elba.  Another article focused on Dolly Madison and her affect on the White House before, during and after the War of 1812.  We learned about former slave William Craft and how he and his wife escaped slavery by disguising his wife as a white male traveling to the North with her slave.  Another article focused on the invention of the first steam engine-drawn locomotive and still another discussed the invention of Thomas Edison’s electric lightbulb.

            Old News is a publication that has definitely piqued my interest as a history buff.  I believe that it would make an excellent educational tool for elementary and middle schools everywhere.  At $17.00 for a year subscription, Old News is an excellent by for an in depth look at world history without a bunch of annoying advertisements.  Nothing but the newsOld News, that is!


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