Saturday, March 5, 2011

Vintage Newspaper Archive

Kurt Hockenbury sent over a link to the excellent "Chronicling America" archive of vintage newspapers at the The Library of Congress website. The collection includes scans of dozens of papers dating from 1860-1922. It's a great resource for anyone looking to recreate a vintage newspaper or clipping.

The period graphics and engravings are pure gold, but the text itself is just as valuable. One of the easiest ways to add an air of authenticity and depth to a prop is to tie it in to historical events, but add a Mythos spin to the story. After all, a clipping about a Federal raid on bootleggers seems innocuous...until you stumble across what really happened at Innsmouth.


CoastConFan said...

That's a good find. You also might want to check out the works of Charles Fort, who produced several books about strange phenomena, many of which are still in print. His followers, called Forteans still publish a monthly magazine, some of which are reprints of Fort’s articles. BTW, Charles Fort’s Book of the Damned is available for free download from Project Gutenberg. Fort’s works were immensely popular in the early to middle 20th century and would sprout new gaming and prop ideas.

ToNToN CoPT said...

Perfect ressource for prop makers!
Thx a lot!