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Sharon Kennedy: When newspapers had been king

Web page 6 from Jan. 27, 1943, from an previous newspaper.

I used to be taking a look at Web page 6 from an previous newspaper dated Jan. 27, 1943. My mom had saved it as a result of the announcement of her brother’s wedding ceremony was in it. Often she clipped out such gadgets, however not this time. On that web page, there have been 17 information tales. Some had been nationwide, however most had been of curiosity to folks dwelling in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding small cities.

There was one cartoon referred to as “Modest Maiden.” It was signed, however I couldn’t make out the title of the artist. Some tales had been carried over from the entrance web page. One was referred to as “Liquidation of Nazis” and the opposite was “New Havoc on Japs.” There was no such factor as political correctness at the moment. So though we’d think about the latter an ethnic slur, in 1943 it was acceptable. 5 commercials had been on the identical web page.

The particular at Kresge’s lunch counter for the subsequent day was diced, younger veal a la king for 35 cents. This included “whipped potatoes, buttered carrots, a roll and butter.” Vicks supplied solutions on reduction from “night time coughing.” Crisp Laundry and Dry Cleaners gave their cellphone quantity, “158.” That was the extent of their dry advert. Lake Superior Granite & Marble Works should have had a bigger advertising funds as they marketed “Your Closing Tribute: A serene and quiet monument” full with a picture of the tombstone.

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Sharon Kennedy, a local columnist who is often featured in the Sault News and Cheboygan Daily Tribune.

Sharon Kennedy, a neighborhood columnist who is usually featured within the Sault Information and Cheboygan Each day Tribune.

By far probably the most eye-catching advert was Passmore’s Semi-Annual “Speak of the City” shoe sale. It measured 9”x6” and promoted itself because the “Soo’s Main Shoe Retailer.” The advert consisted largely of phrases, however there was one picture of a woman’s high-heeled, open-toe shoe for $2.98. Different sneakers ranged from $1.00 to $5.98. In 1943, there was a minimal wage. It was 30 cents an hour, so though shoe costs appear low, think about the typical revenue of an Higher Peninsula wage earner.

Excluding the minimal wage data, I gleaned all this information from one web page of an previous newspaper. In these days, the native paper was king. Individuals learn each phrase. They most likely turned to the gossip sections first and savored them greater than the nationwide information. Their radio was the hyperlink to what was occurring in Washington and on the warfront. Their paper instructed of births and deaths, admissions to the hospital, a social calendar of occasions, what films had been taking part in, what radio packages had been being broadcast, and restaurant menus for breakfast and lunch.

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It took a very long time for native newspapers to vanish. Some died a pure demise as folks moved on and their buildings turned ghost cities. Others expired as a consequence of lack of promoting. Many had been swallowed by conglomerates. I hope our paper survives. It’s been round since 1901. It’s modified rather a lot all through the years, and many of us suppose it may be gasping its final breath. It’s not simple to outlive with the Web at our fingertips and cable information accessible 24/7, however a neighborhood paper is integral to its group. It connects folks in a private means or a minimum of it used to. We knew what was occurring in our space. Maybe plenty of it was gossip, however it wasn’t malicious. It was the comings-and-goings of atypical folks.

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The times of newspapers as king are gone. I hope native companies proceed to assist the Sault Information for a few years to return.

— To contact Sharon Kennedy, ship her an electronic mail at Kennedy’s newest guide, “The SideRoad Youngsters: Tales from Chippewa County,” is out there from her, Amazon, or Audible.

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