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COMM 436/636, Issues, History of the Mass Media

Show and Tell
A gallery of publications famous and important from 1974-1674.
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Photo thumbnail. The Fargo-Moorhead Forum, August 8, 1974.
Resignation of Richard M. Nixon ends Watergate affair.

Photo thumbnail. The Berkley Barb, July 16-24, 1969.
Famous "hippie newspaper" from the 1960s, published in San Francisco, of course.

Photo thumbnail. Life magazine, Dec. 20, 1954.
Between 1940 and 1970 it was estimated that up to half of the U.S. population read this influential weekly picture magazine. As tastes changed Life ceased publication in the early 1970s, came back as a monthly, died again, but the title still publishes special topic issues. This particular issue is significant as it was published the week of the instructor's birth!

Photo thumbnail. Stars and Stripes, Jan. 31, 1919.
Famous U.S. Army newspaper began during World War I with the American Expeditionary Force in France.

Photo thumbnail. New York World, Feb. 18, 1898.
The classic issue of the Pulitzer's daily in the "Yellow Journalism" era.

Photo thumbnail. New York Journal, June 25, 1898.
Pulitzer's great competitor in "Yellow Journalism," owned by flamboyant editor William Randolph Hearst.

Photo thumbnail. Harper's Weekly, August 27, 1881.
An engraving of Fargo, Dakota Territory, during its Red River steamboat days.

Photo thumbnail. New York Illustrated News, Nov. 12, 1853.
Interesting engraving showing Matthew Brady's famous photo studio on Broadway.

Photo thumbnail. New York Times, Sept. 18, 1851.
First issue of what was to become the country's "newspaper of record."

Photo thumbnail. New York Sun, Nov. 26, 1834.
An early issue of Benjamin Day's "penny press" daily that made journalism a true "mass media."

Photo thumbnail. Massachusetts Spy, Nov. 2, 1818.
The newspaper of colonial patriot and journalism historian Isaiah Thomas ran from colonial days until the early 20th century.

Photo thumbnail. Journal de Paris, Fructador, Year X (1803).
Newspaper of Napoleon's time, uses French revolutionary calendar.

Photo thumbnail. Gazette of the United States, Dec. 10, 1791.
John Fenno's Federalist mouthpiece

Photo thumbnail. Pennsylvania Gazette, July 20, 1749.
Benjamin Franklin's newspaper became most influential in the American colonies.

Photo thumbnail. Rivington's New York Gazetteer, Feb. 15, 1775.
James Rivington, owner of the colonies' first bookstore chain, also maintained this newspaper to reflect the Tory viewpoint in Revolutionary colonial debates.

Photo thumbnail. New York Weekly Journal, August 18, 1735.
The newspaper that got John Peter Zenger into so much trouble.

Photo thumbnail. London Gazette, June 15, 1674.
Newspaper from the dawn of journalism in 1600s Europe.