These days, online news relies on edgy headlines that make users want to click on their stories. However, as you’ll see from these 18 influential headlines from the past, editors once used similar tactics to sell newspapers.
A few years ago, I visited the Newseum in Washington D.C. After viewing exhibitions on JFK, the FBI, and even touching a piece of the Berlin Wall, I entered a room lined with hundreds of drawers. In each one was an influential newspaper from the past, with headlines dating back to the late 1600s. As I studied them, I understood what a vital role print news has played in human history.
Newspapers might not be around forever, at least not in the way that we know them now. Slowly but surely, the industry is dying as more and more people get their news online. Maybe I’m just sentimental, but after seeing these 18 vintage headlines, I find myself hoping that print makes a comeback. Maybe you will, too.
1. On the morning of April 15, 1914, the public was stunned to see newspaper headlines declaring that the “unsinkable” Titanic was at the bottom of the Atlantic.
2. Votes for women! August 18, 1920 was a historic day for newspapers and American women.
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