I was looking through boxes on my attic and found one filled with old newspapers my dad had collected including an @starsandstripes from 1973 marking the end of the Vietnam War. Image
My dad was in basic training in Arizona in 1963 so I have the Arizona Daily Star on the day Kennedy was killed. The paper ran an “editorial” — on the front page, above the fold — speculating there were three shooters. ImageImage
Culture wars on Page One of the NYT in 1965. ImageImage
The incredible shrinking WaPo. Image
“The tone, on this day at least, is definitely upbeat.” #Bicentennial Image
Looking through this traces my dad’s life. We lived in Brussels in 1981 because he worked at NATO. So we read the late-great International Herald Tribune. cc: @DelWilber Image
Still the largest % drop on Wall Street in history. #BlackMonday Image
Reagan doing jokes at the hospital. Image
When sports teams, and specifically Washington’s football team, going to the White House was presumed to be a light-hearted, apolitical affair. #1983 Image
I’ve got a lot more but will spare you... Image
Postscript: my parents were married in Orleans, France, so I also have a 1966 copy of La Republique when the city did a commemoration of Joan of Arc. Image

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