Illustrated Newspaper Supplements — The Library of Congress has added a great new set to their Flickr Commons account: cover pages from the New York Tribune illustrated supplements, beginning with the year 1909. These images are from the Chronicling America website, and each image on Flickr has a link to the image page on that site where you can use image-zooming tools or download a PDF.
These large illustrated covers provide an interesting view of historic events and everyday life. The visual format looks surprisingly modern, and, like today’s graphic novels, these illustrated newspapers provided an alternative way to look at the world. In the words of the Library of Congress: “The heavily illustrated supplement sections became the most widely read sections of the papers and provided a great opportunity to attract new customers. The daily life, art, entertainment, politics, and world events displayed in their pages captured the imagination of a curious public.”
The images on Flickr are just a small sample of what readers will find on the Chronicling America site, which includes collections of newspapers from several states.
One of the images in the Flickr collection has a local history connection for our area — it describes President William Howard Taft’s selection of a Summer White House in Beverly, Massachusetts. This is the Stetson Cottage at the site that is now Lynch Park. This house has connections to two NOBLE communities — in 1910, Marie Evans, the owner of the property, cut the house in half and sent it by barge across the harbor to Marblehead.
Stetson Cottage on Woodbury Beach — Image in the NOBLE Digital Library