Historic issues of the Portland Morning Oregonian and The Sunday Oregonian, from the late 19th century through the end of January 1922, are available for keyword-searching and browsing through Historic Oregon Newspapers online! Learn about the early history of the Oregonian newspaper and other titles online by clicking on the History tab at the top of the Historic Oregon Newspapers website. Browsing through the historic pages of the Oregonian alone can turn up countless interesting clips, advertisements, and images, like these for example:
1) What kind of music would be considered “toe-tickling dance music” today?
2) Medical masks may not be very fashionable, but they have survived over the years for their usefulness in preventing the spread of illness as well as showing off “civic patriotism!”
3) The changes we have made with cars in less than 100 years will always be fascinating…
4) Women’s fashion: will 1920s style (especially these hats) make a comeback in the 21st century?
5) Although some ailments had different names back then (for example, “catarrh” was used to refer to nasal congestion, and “rheumatism” refers to arthritis symptoms), it appears that alternative medicine might have been just as popular back then as it is today:
6) Men’s fashion: the clothes may not have changed much, but the prices sure have! (Note the use of the 1920s Candlestick Telephone!)
7) In politics, government, and economics, many of the same issues still plague our society today, judging from this political cartoon:
8) There are just some things that will probably never change:
What kinds of interesting clips will you find? Happy Searching!