Movie Mondays: Films about the Fourth Estate

This month, two highly anticipated TV series – Aaron Sorkin’s The Newsroom and  House of Cards, the critically acclaimed Netflix original series – are available on DVD. Both shows deal with journalists and the power of the news media, a topic that was the subject of three smart, classic award-winning films.
Click here to view His Girl Friday in the SPL catalog

His Girl Friday (1940), based on the Broadway play The Front Page, stars Cary Grant as Walter Burns, a newspaper editor who tries to get his ex-wife, reporter Hildy Johnson (Rosalind Russell) to write her last big news story, and maybe just prevent her from marrying insurance salesman Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) at the same time. Howard Hawks directed this screwball comedy to perfection, and the chemistry between Grant and Russell is on full display with witty, overlapping rapid-fire dialogue that you’ll want to watch over and over to make sure you don’t miss a single line. Continue reading “Movie Mondays: Films about the Fourth Estate”

Treasures of the Library: Old, Big Magazines

While perusing the magazine shelves at the Central Library one day, I came across some very large, very aged magazines we have in our collection that aren’t in publication anymore. I took a look. I was delighted with what I found inside. Each one is about  11 inches by 17 inches in size (they are in our “Oversize” magazine collection).

These are a few of the magazines I found very enticing:
The Graphic. An Illustrated Weekly Newspaper

Saturday, July 8, 1871

Full of beautiful illustrations, this was published in England and available (at the time) for sixpence halfpenny.
Apparel Arts
March, 1940

Published by Esquire Inc.

This men’s fashion magazine (featuring “authentic Esquire fashions”) has actual material swatches (shown here) that were meant to be chosen from for a man’s sports coat. Continue reading “Treasures of the Library: Old, Big Magazines”

Seattle Times at the Seattle Public Library

If you live in Seattle, you’re probably familiar with The Seattle Times newspaper. You may scan the paper each morning to keep abreast of breaking news and recycle it the next day, its value gone with the printing of the next issue. However, headlines from 20, 50 or 100 years ago can provide a fascinating look at the culture and politics of our city throughout its history.

The Seattle Times grew under the ownership of Alden Blethen and his family and has a rich history. Prior to Blethen, the newspaper had undergone several name changes and mergers to become the Seattle Times as we know it today. 

The Central Library has archives of the Seattle Daily Chronicle (1881-1884), Seattle Daily Call (1885-1886), Seattle Daily Press (1887-1888), Seattle Press (1886-1891), Seattle Times (1889), Seattle Press Times (1891-1895), Seattle Times (1895-1896), Seattle Daily Times (1896-1966) and  Seattle Times (1966-present). We offer these titles in a variety of formats: loose print, bound print, microfilm and digital.  

For the most part, the pre-1900 issues have been bound Continue reading “Seattle Times at the Seattle Public Library”

Newspapers, Personified

“He’s a real newspaper man!” Those words probably bring to mind an inveterate reporter for some city’s daily paper, or perhaps an illustrious publishing magnate. But how about a man literally made out of newspapers? Strange as it may sound, there’s actually a long and varied history of people made out of newspapers in art, literature, music and film. The personification of newspapers has often served as a form of social commentary, as a way of conjuring a dreamlike (even hallucinatory) state, or simply as striking visual punctuation in a movie, book or street scene. Continue reading “Newspapers, Personified”