Just a couple of interesting pieces of historical context for the ongoing civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo. and the role of law enforcement in such situations.
I’m writing on deadline this week, so unfortunately I can’t really take the time to offer any additional thoughts, but I think it’s important that we get as much historical context on this complicated and frustrating situation as possible.
(Photo of an accused anarchist being searched by police from the Library of Congress)
Fourth Estate, July 22, 1905.
How About That of the Day: La Bougie du Sapeur (Sapper’s Candle) — named after a French comic-book character born on Leap Day — is a satirical newspaper founded in 1980 which is published only once every four years, on February 29th.
Jean d’Indy, editor of the quadrennial newspaper, says he and his writers gather at a restaurant ahead of Leap Day, and down a bottle of bubbly before getting down to brass tacks.
“We try not to be naughty; we just try to be funny,” d’Indy says. “But we are not funny. Life is funny. So, it’s the way of seeing life which is funny.”
Whatever that means.
The paper sells for $5 a copy, and all proceeds go to benefit charities. With a circulation of 150,000, La Bougie du Sapeur easily outsells all other French papers published today.
D’Indy says at one point he considered offering subscriptions, but dropped the idea when he realized it would too difficult to track down subscribers every four years.
Bicycle advertisements; Newspaperdom, July 30 (Keating) and August 13 (Columbia), 1896.
In the 1890s, in the midst of America’s “bike boom,” newspaper managers encouraged their reporters to use the machines as a way to crisscross congested cities quickly and easily. Ads for bicycle companies started showing up in the journalism trade press during this period, as did articles noting the steady rise in the number of female journalists.
Advertisement, Newspaperdom, March, 1894.
The film is all about the most revolutionary innovation in mass communication technology that you’ve never heard of. We here at practical obscurity* have been excited about this film since May! Here’s hoping for a Twin Cities screening!
Advertisement, Printer’s Ink, June 24, 1903.
Printer’s Ink was a bi-weekly trade magazine for the publishing industry that ran from 1888 to 1967.
The Minneapolis Journal ran from 1888 to 1939, when it was purchased by, and merged with, the Minneapolis Star.