We hear so much
about the slow but sure decline of print
media: people are choosing to get their news
online rather than via paper
newspaper; book stores are closing; start-up
magazines aren't lasting very
Some of us can
remember spreading out the huge newspaper
that filled half the kitchen table and
settling in for a good read. Now it's
there on the tiny screen. Here's a look back
at some of the old newspapers in
the Onoway Museum and Archives collection.
The July 18, 1885
issue of the Edmonton Bulletin consists of
one newsprint sheet folded into four
8"x11" pages - very tiny print, no photos or
major headlines. A
column headed "New Advertisements" has an ad
using up one inch of
space offering a $5.00 reward for a large,
light grey Canadian horse that is
lost. It is shod only on the front feet and
has a leather halter on. How could
you miss this 16 hands high beauty?! Another
ad under "Hotels" tells
of "Jasper House, north side of Main Street.
The only brick building in
Edmonton." First class weekly and daily board
and good stabling are part
of the package.
By the time
Alberta became a province in 1905, the local
was considerably larger. Ads (often with
illustrations) were now advertising
new-fangled long distance telephone lines but
still soliciting buyers of first
class clean coal.
Journal September 2,
Farm Weekly December 5,
Farm Weekly had a short lifespan in the
twenties but was around earlier and
still today as the Edmonton
Christmas supplement in 1923advertised
blue serge pants for $3.25. Heinzman & Co.
suggested getting a baby
grand piano for mother for Christmas and a
cabinet phonograph (record player)
had the broadest base in this part of Alberta
and survived over the years.
Local, national and international news made
the headlines. But things are
changing. The to-your-door delivery in Onoway
is history, as is the Sunday
stay alive on the basis of advertising
income. They need our support! Besides, their
tangible existence helps us look
back and learn from the past.