#TBT to the 19 craziest Emerald headlines from the early 1900s
In the first part of the 1900s, student newspapers were essentially the Internet: If you wanted to sell something, buy something, figure out what’s going on tonight, see how the Ducks did in volleyball or hear about classes cancelled, you picked up the student paper.
And with all that coverage of minutiae, ‘innovation’ was some variation on ‘start every word in your headline with P.’ Student journalists found some really interesting ways to present their stories.
Here are some wonderful ways that ‘innovation’ came out in the Daily Emerald. These are taken from 1915 to the late 1930s.
1. This wonderfully phrased headline.
2. This quality snapshot of 1931 life.
3. This confusingly racist story.
4. This randomly placed illustration of strangulation.
5. This TMI piece.
6. This enticing advertisement.
7. This entirely delightful combination of words.
8. This soothingly progressive quote.
9. This piece of artistic gold.
10. This important announcement from the governor.
11. This uncomfortably named honors society.
12. This important think-piece on Hayward Field’s namesake and his struggle with seasickness.
13. This well-phrased coverage of a civic issue.
14. This delightful evasion of a second adverb.
15. This uncomfortable observation.
16. This wonderfully named workshop.
17. This surreal, oddly specific description.
18. This headline straight out of an Air Bud film.
19. This indication that Phelan’s Boys need to suck it up.
Thanks to Alexandra Wallachy for the idea for this TBT.
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