I’m bad at giving people birthday gifts and also remembering the dates, but when my grandaunt turned 100, five years ago, I went on a quest to find the newspaper that was published on the day of her birth in the place she was born. It was not as difficult as I thought and everyone at her birthday loved it as I gave a select number of them a copy as well.
I tried to do the same for one of my friends who was born in London and schooled in Jamaica; long story, and it proved a bit more difficult; at least initially.
After about three email exchanges, I hit pay dirt and this service (Historic Newspapers) said, yup, we can get you a copy. You do need to give them some notice though as the copy is mailed to you.
Once I received it, I showed it to my friend and he was quite delighted. It did take him a few minutes to figure out what it was though, so we helped him along a bit. Afterall, how many of you have seen the newspaper from the day you were born?
My other friends who are or have turned fifty are now “jealous.” Seems I’ve created monsters :).
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