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We (Steve and Helen) irresponsibly gave up our promising careers in aviation and bookselling over ten years ago. Now books seem to have taken over our lives. We frequent libraries, bookstores, and thrift shops in search of interesting books. We buy/swap/sell, but mainly, we read. We both wear glasses and have been mistaken for librarians.


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JANUARY 30, 2009 6:08PM

Front Pages From Around the World

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If you're a newspaper junkie, you may already know about the Newseum website. But I've just found out about it and I can't take the chance that some of you may not have discovered it yet.


The best feature is the Today's Front Pages interactive map. Each yellow dot on the map represents a newspaper front page. Mouse over the dot and see a miniature view, as above. Click on the newspaper image and it expands so you can read the front page. 


There are 727 newspapers from all over the world participating, and more are joining each day. As of today, 398 of the total are U.S. newspapers, 329 from the rest of the world. There are three papers from Iran, none from Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, or Sri Lanka. 


You can't view random previous dates, but the Newseum does  archive notable dates, such as Inaugural Day. If you want to read more than the front page of any newspaper, click on the website links provided.


It's a work in progress and some newspapers are more reliable than others. As with any news source, be skeptical. 


Thanks to the Bibliophile Bullpen blog (no relation) for bringing this website to our attention.

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I had been there before, but this is a great reminder, especially for people who haven't. Thanks!
CoyoteOS, I suspected this would be old news for many here, but no one has mentioned it here before (I checked). Which leaves me wondering, were you going to keep this great secret to yourself?! :)

Stellaa -- I had you and a few other OS newshounds in mind when I saw the site. Thanks for checking in!

Kaysong, odetteroulette, Paris Pace -- I agree, I expect I'll be wasting way too much time on those maps.
I love seeing front pages...this is so cool. Thanks so much. Have it bookmarked now.
Wow! My new time waster! This is awesome! Thanks so much, biblio, I had no idea this even existed.

Bookmarked and rated.
Biblio this is cool. Although a bit weird that in Montreal they included only two French newspapers, one of them a tabloid. They didn't include the major English daily, The Montreal Gazette, one of the oldest newspapers in North America (founded by Benjamin Franklin when the U.S. invaded Montreal in 1775, it started as a propaganda freesheet.)
I'm with everybody else -- extremely cool link! Thanks! Especially since one of our local dailies is going to disappear.

Juliet: How did Benjamin Franklin found a newspaper in Montreal? Was it a newspaper in Philadelphia that was just about Montreal? Very intriguing.
bbd -- thank you!

Padraig -- thanks for alerting us to the site. It's more than newspapers, it has links to tv station sites, wire service sites, lots of BBC links. How are things going in Sri Lanka? The news we've heard on BBC World Service makes it sound as if things are a bit dicey for civilians there now.

Juliet Waters -- The U.S. invaded Montreal? Before it was even the U.S.? Obviously this is a history lesson I missed. (Scurrying to look up French-Indian War.)
Biblio, I'll try and sum this up as briefly as I can.

Few Canadians, let alone Americans know that in 1775 as the first part of a three prong strategy, American revolutionaries invaded Montreal. The idea was to "liberate" Canadians from British rule in the hope of securing the territory so that the Brits wouldn't be able to use it as a military base.

Troops arrived, took over the governors house as their HQ, and gave Montreal's elite 24hrs to sign the terms of capitulation. Montreal's new English elite seemed happy enough to do this. But it had only been 12 years since New France had fallen to British rule. The transition of power had been mediated by the signing of The Quebec Act, which protected their cultural institutions, their right to practice religion, and have their own schools and services in French. They were skeptical to say the least that they would get these same rights under the American revolutionaries.

In an effort to win them over, Benjamin Franklin arrived with a French printer from Philadelphia, Fleury Mesplet. The idea was to print a freesheet that would convince Montreal's French population to come on board. It didn't work, and eventually British troops arrived and booted the Americans out.

But Mesplet stayed and three years later the newspaper he started with Franklin became The Montreal Gazette.

And there you have one of the greatest ironies of Canada. That the reason we are a separate country from the U.S. is because of the French in Quebec, who now want to separate from Canada.

If nothing else, this situation has always created a lot of editorial copy.
Some of the hosts of C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" spend a few minutes with front pages from all over in between guests and open phones. Thanks for this link as it makes those kinds of excursions possible whenever one feels like it. I too bookmarked!
cool post, thanks. I first heard of the Newseum on Inauguration Day when they mentioned it on TV as the Obamas went past it.
You people here at OS have my "bookmarks" in complete disarray!

Thanks for a brilliant new reference!
And the history lesson was a bonus. Thanks.
kestralwing, Paula, Silkstone -- thanks for stopping by!

Stellaa -- It's amazing how many things don't really need to be done when there are books to be read and Internetz to be surfed. Cleaning, shopping, they can wait.

Juliet -- Thanks for that summary! I looked up the Montreal invasion and found that it was started by a rogue group headed by one Benedict Arnold. Washington had nixed the idea, but Benny went ahead anyway. Really quite interesting, and complete news to me. And the Benjamin Franklin angle, well, that fellow was like the Zelig of his day, wasn't he?
Stacey -- There used to be a magazine called World Press Review that condensed and organized (and translated if not in English) stories from newspapers and magazines around the world. The news was always a few months old, but it was more in depth. It was my favorite monthly magazine. Now I can't imagine waiting so long for international news. The internet is truly amazing!

zumalicious -- I know what you mean, I'm kind of a fanatic about keeping my bookmarks to a manageable amount, but sometimes it's difficult...
Hey Biblio,

I don't want to take over your post with this. But your facts are wrong. Benedict Arnold led another prong of the invasion, through Maine, towards Quebec. The Montreal invasion was led by Richard Montgomery. The invasion was directed ordered by Washington and approved by the Continental congress. After staying in Montreal for close to six month, Montgomery's forces headed to Quebec city, where they joined Arnold. Montgomery was killed. Arnold was wounded and fled to Ticonderoga....But the Americans didn't withdraw entirely from Canada until July 2. Two days before the Declaration of Independence.
So it wasn't just a rogue invasion. This is really an interesting bit of history. There's a book about how events in U.S. history are taught in different countries, called History Lessons: How Textbooks from Around the World Portray U.S. History. Just to remind us that the history we learned is only one of many, many versions.
Biblio you can kick me! I am so close to the Newseum and I've never been. Thanks for sharing this - very cool! I'm going to forward this to hubby so he can peruse the German and Austrian papers.
artsfish -- when you go to the Newseum, be sure to post about it so we know if it's worth a trip. It's been a while since we've been to D.C....

Padraig -- The Week has a North American version now, which we subscribe to. It's excellent, concise, no ads. That, along with The Economist, are our weekly newsmagazines. We used to get the weekly Guardian, back when it was the Manchester Guardian (how long ago was that?), but now we just read it online, along with the Washington Post. For news addicts, the Internet is so much better than the print newspapers and shortwave radio we used to count on to keep internationally informed. Now I'm going to check on The Wrap to see what else is worth reading, thanks for that suggestion. Glad to know you're not in danger and we'll be watching for your next post.
Yesterday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette front page was pretty awesome, I must say.

"Lords of the Rings," the headline read. :D
Hijacking for fun;-)

Oh, Juliet!!
You forgot to include that, as punishment, the frogs in Montreal forced the English speaking to move to Toronto and suffer having the
This is very cool! Thanks for posting.