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RainyDayNinja
10-17-2011, 09:54 PM
I just moved into a new apartment, and I want to decorate one side with a "conspiracy wall" like you might see on TV. You know, with newspaper clippings of mysterious deaths, surveillance photos, etc. all connected with red yard. But where can I find newspapers that are years, or even a couple of decades, old to look for relevant clippings?

Drachen Jager
10-17-2011, 10:02 PM
You could copy them at a local library. They frown on cutting up the originals.

Otherwise, unless you know a hoarder or someone who works at a newspaper you may be out of luck.

Steve Collins
10-17-2011, 10:13 PM
When I wrote my autobiographies there were a number of newspaper front pages I needed, if I remember correctly I contacted the achives and purchased the relevant copies, this was in the UK however, and they weren't cheap.

underthecity
10-17-2011, 10:44 PM
If you don't mind photocopies, then visit your local library. They have newspapers on microfilm and all you have to do is search their computerized database for the subjects that fit your "conspiracy wall." Find your article, print it, then there you go.

MaryMumsy
10-18-2011, 12:12 AM
If you don't mind photocopies, then visit your local library. They have newspapers on microfilm and all you have to do is search their computerized database for the subjects that fit your "conspiracy wall." Find your article, print it, then there you go.

And if you want them to look old, use the cheapest paper possible, and then leave them out in the sun for a while.

MM

Alessandra Kelley
10-18-2011, 12:14 AM
And if you want them to look old, use the cheapest paper possible, and then leave them out in the sun for a while.

MM

Although paper that bad will continue browning even on your wall, until you have a room colored like burnt crackers. Which is, of course, what actual newsprint does. It gets crispy and brittle too. I'd recommend doing your copies on cream or butter-colored printer paper instead.

Oh, and I believe there may be online sources of scanned old newspapers.

And it is possible someone makes a wallpaper just like what you're looking for. You never know.

Jimayo
10-18-2011, 06:30 AM
Go to some storage lockers auctions. You can get a locker filled with newspaper for nothing generally.

BigWords
10-18-2011, 05:58 PM
Oh, and I believe there may be online sources of scanned old newspapers.

There are (or were - I haven't checked on them in a while) a few Google Groups who were scanning and uploading old newspapers, though the majority of the papers were pre-1900. I'm sure if you do an image search you will find several old newspapers turning up, though occasionally you will come across doctored pictures, which have changed the original wording / altered images for ridiculous reasons.

I'm still hunting for several newspapers to fill in gaps from the historical record, so this is one of the things I go nuts over...

IsisAnalysis
10-19-2011, 03:32 AM
It will probably take a lot more newspapers than you would expect to cover your wall. Best to allow for that, if you're looking either for vintage newspapers or for articles on a particular theme.

If you do find good ones, I'd recommend scanning them and printing out copies for your wall. If you are trying to cover the whole wall, duplication is not so bad.

MaryMumsy
10-19-2011, 03:53 AM
I just got my Nov issue of 'Country Living' magazine yesterday.
This guy had covered walls and the ceiling of a powder room with old newspapers. IIRC it said he had gotten a trunk full of them for $20. I think it said he had used a clear sealer on them to keep them from yellowing further.

MM

shaldna
10-19-2011, 02:05 PM
I have no idea where you would get them, but I just wanted to say that this sounds like a cool idea.

dirtsider
10-19-2011, 04:27 PM
You might want to try contacting some of your local newspapers to see if they're willing to help you with something. While they may not be able to send you copies of old newspapers, they may have other options that may be of use, including digital and uploaded copies of old newspapers online. Also, don't forget to look for the online versions of the newspapers. Since many have gone online, you'll be able to print out more recent articles for your wall. Check to see if they run old articles (particularly around Halloween on creepy stuff or unsolved mysteries) or have the old articles online. One suggestion is Patch.com. That's something that's in my area for local newspapers.

Speaking of digital newspaper files online, you might want to Google it that way. Not sure if the newspapers or the libraries do that but someone might.

stormie
10-19-2011, 04:35 PM
Go to www.nytimes.com (http://www.nytimes.com) and you can get a lot of articles to copy and print (as someone said, on cream or butter-colored paper) from 1851 on.

BigWords
10-19-2011, 04:44 PM
Speaking of the NYT, I know there's a piece on a giant water creature from the 20s on their online database, freely available for viewing - it swam alongside a ferry for a few hundred feet before disappearing under the water again.

RainyDayNinja
10-19-2011, 05:16 PM
Thanks everybody; those are some good ideas. I was hoping to get the original copies instead of computer printouts, but I might try the special paper. And I didn't plan on papering the whole wall with them, but just have a dozen or so clippings pinned up.

stormie
10-19-2011, 07:50 PM
Problem w/ the originals is if you want something years or even decades old, it might be crumbly, smelly, and hard to work with.

Keyboard Hound
10-20-2011, 07:09 AM
In our area you can find auction and estate sales where old magazines and newspapers go for next to nothing.

dirtsider
10-20-2011, 03:58 PM
Try flea markets? If the merchants there don't have anything, you might try asking them if they know anyone who can help you.

Mark G
10-20-2011, 10:10 PM
I have some newspapers I hoarded ahem, "saved", because they had historical significance.


The fall of the Berlin Wall
The crash of a Space Shuttle
Sept 11.
The Gulf War
When my name showed on Page 1 of the local paper for a speech I gave
I forgot to get one when they found Bin Laden
I should get one from this week because of the news from Libya.

They are not showing significant signs of aging, having been stored in a closed file cabinet.

I don't want to part with them though. I'm thinking they would be awesome for a Grandchild's history or sociology report twenty years from now.