These are sourced from the world’s largest private archive of over 7 million editions from all over the world. To date UK titles have been catalogued as far back as 1900 by date and title, there are also lots of US and regional issues, as well as many from the Victorian era.
I admit that when the company first approached me and offered to send me two (free) original newspapers, I was a bit skeptical. First, why would I want them? And were they actually originals or were they copies?
Nevertheless I agreed and chose two specific dates and newspapers:
15 May 1912 (my father's birthday) from The Times or Daily Mirror
29 May 1913 (grandparents set sail for Canada from UK) from The Times or Daily Mirror
The company informed me that there were very few original issues for 15 May 1912 due to it following the Titantic disaster. They offered another date or a quality reproduction of that May 15th issue. I opted for the reproduction since I wanted it to be the paper from the day my father was born.
When the box arrived at my door I was pleasantly surprised! The presentation box is lovely - a nice blue box with "A Day to Remember" printed on the lid.
Inside were the newspapers, carefully wrapped in tissue. Each newspaper came with a seal of authenticity including the information I submitted online to be printed on the seal. The certificate for my reproduction paper stated very clearly that it was not an original.
|Quality Reproduction Newpaper 1912|
I love being able to see the headlines on the day my father was born!
|Original Newspaper 1913|
It is really interesting reading through it, and quite obviously an original. It has yellowed slightly and even has a slight "old" smell! I am quite impressed with these newspapers and think they would make wonderful gifts.
I'm planning to give mine to my sons at some point. I think they will really enjoy them.