Find: Looking Back on the Original Star Wars News, Finds and Tips

Newspaper serializes Star Wars novel

When Star Wars (later retitled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) was released in the United States on May 25, 1977, it was an immediate sensation. Show after show sold out, with many viewers returning to see the film more than once. It received near-universal praise from film critics as well and went on to break all kinds of records for box-office earnings, attendance, and length of run. It surpassed Jaws as the top-grossing film of all time and retained that title until 1982, when it was overtaken by ET, though it still remains one of the most financially successful films.

People went wild for Star Wars, and its popularity is reflected in the plethora of articles and reviews newspapers published about the film. Below is a just a small sample of the tens of thousands of matches you can find for Star Wars on

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Find: Take Me Out to the Ball Game News, Finds and Tips

1960 World Series: Game 7

Game 1 of the 111th World Series kicks off this year on October 27. If you aren’t already in the spirit, here are some clippings pulled from of some of the most memorable moments in early World Series history.

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Find: Oh, Give Me a Home Where the Camels Roam… News, Finds and Tips The Camels Are Coming, 1927

Did you know that in the 1850s the American government brought camels to the Southwest to be used by the army and that 50 years later, feral camels were still being spotted in the desert?

In the late 1840s, Major Henry Wayne of the Quartermaster Department suggested the use of camels to the War Department, and in the mid-1850s Secretary of War Jefferson Davis convinced Congress to appropriate money to import the camels as pack animals for the army in the ever expanding West.

Major Wayne and Naval Lieutenant David Dixon Porter sailed to North Africa and the Middle East in 1856 and came home with some camel handlers and a few dozen camels, which were kept at Camp Verde, Texas. A year later, Porter returned for more camels, bringing the total to about 70.

The camel experiment in the Southwest was relatively successful, as camels were hardier than horses, mules, or burros, traveling farther, packing heavier weights, needing water less often, and being able to subsist on the native desert plants. However, the camels tended to spook the other pack animals, and most of the Americans assigned to them never learned to like them or handle them properly.

The camels’ downfall came with the Civil War. The Confederates took over Camp Verde, but when the US government regained control, it had lost interest in the camel experiment, so the animals were sold (though some had died or escaped during the war).

But that wasn’t the end of camels in the Southwest. Up through the early 1900s, there were occasional reports of sightings of feral camels roaming the desert.

Did you know that you can find articles about the army’s camels on Below is a selection of a few of the different articles you can find:

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Find: How Far Would Your Dollar Go in 1915? News, Finds and Tips

Grocery store ad, Allentown, PA, Jan 1915
Have you ever come across an old sales ad and been surprised at how inexpensive products seemed to be back then compared to how much they cost today? Eggs for $0.27/dozen? Seems cheap. But if you adjust those old prices to their equivalents today, you might be surprised at how they compare.

So let’s take some of the prices in a grocery ad from Pennsylvania 100 years ago (1915), adjust the prices for modern inflation,* and compare the adjusted prices to average 2015 prices.**

Pork chops

1915 ad price: $0.25/2-lbs ($0.125/lb)

1915 adjusted price: $2.95/lb

2015 average price: $3.99/lb


1915 ad price: $0.20/0.5-lb ($0.40/lb)

1915 adjusted price: $9.45/lb

2015 average price: $5.59/lb

Peanut butter

1915 ad price: $0.25/2-lbs ($0.125/lb)

1915 adjusted price: $2.95/lb

2015 average price: $2.91/lb

Grocery store prices, Georgia, 1915

1915 ad price: $0.27/dozen

1915 adjusted price: $6.38/dozen

2015 average price: $2.11/dozen


1915 ad price: $0.30/30-lbs ($0.01/lb)

1915 adjusted price: $0.24/lb

2015 average price: $0.67/lb


1915 ad price: $0.25/6-lbs ($0.042/lb)

1915 adjusted price: $0.99/lb

2015 average price: $0.69/lb

Those eggs for $0.27/dozen don’t seem so cheap now, do they? Interested in finding out how much other items cost back in the day? Search or browse on for more ads.

* 1915 adjusted prices were calculated using the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) Inflation Calculator.

**Average 2015 prices were pulled from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index (CPI) Detailed Report Data for January 2015, pg. 215, Table P4: “Average retail food prices, U.S. city average and four regions.”

Find: Women Get the Vote News, Finds and Tips

Prominent early suffragists
This August is the 95th anniversary of American women gaining the right to vote in all state and federal elections when the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on August 18, 1920.

Women’s suffrage in America was a divisive issue from the very beginning of the organized movement at the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848. Over the ensuing 72 years, while women gradually won the right to vote in some state and local elections, they continued to fight for full suffrage. Eventually, the suffragists of the 19th century gave way to the “suffragettes” of the 20th century, with their more confrontational tactics, influenced by the militant women’s suffrage movement in Britain.

Though what would become the 19th Amendment was first introduced to Congress in 1878, it took 41 years—and multiple rejections—for it to finally pass. After it was approved by Congress in 1919, it was sent to the states for ratification, where it would need to be approved by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states. Though women’s suffrage had always faced the biggest obstacles in southern states, Tennessee was the deciding 36th state to ratify the amendment by a slim margin on August 18, 1920.

As expected from such a controversial issue, the newspapers of the time were full of articles debating the suffrage question. On you can follow both sides of the debate from its beginnings in the mid-19th century up through the day women’s right to vote became protected by the Constitution.

Examples of the articles and other features you can find about women’s suffrage include:

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Find: Summertime Ideas, Tips, and Recipes News, Finds and Tips

Sandcastle Building Class is Offered (1977)
It’s summertime! Have you thought about using to find ideas, tips, and recipes to get you through the summer? The site has countless articles on summertime topics from across the decades.

Want to beat the heat? Learn some tips for keeping cool from these articles.

Looking for some summer recipes? Look no further.

Need some drinks to go with those summertime recipes? Find out how to make a variety below.

Planning on spending some time at the pool? Try the water games explained in these articles.

Puppies cool off in Nashville (1952)

Putting together a picnic? Discover picnic ideas and tips from these full-page spreads.

Going to the beach? Get some inspiration for your sandcastles from these articles’ photos.

Last but not least, want to see pictures of puppies cooling off in summer? We’ve even got that too.

Get started with your summertime searches on here.

Find: Food Will Win the War! News, Finds and Tips

Food conservation ad

When the United States entered World War I in the spring of 1917, President Wilson asked Herbert Hoover to head the US Food Administration, which would regulate American food from the ground up to ensure there was enough for both American and Allied troops as well as for the citizens of Allied nations experiencing food shortages. Although in reality Hoover predominantly accomplished this through extensive government involvement in the market, his best-known and most publicized method was a public campaign to involve everyday Americans in voluntary food conservation, which quickly became known as “Hooverizing.”

The food conservation effort, with its slogan “Food will win the war,” encouraged Americans to embrace self-denial for a greater good. However, the Food Administration frequently emphasized that it wasn’t suggesting Americans do without, simply voluntarily decrease their consumption of foods needed for the war effort (particularly meat, wheat, sugar, and fats) by substituting other foods instead. Americans were also encouraged to “lick the platter clean” (reduce food waste) and to buy less food by growing “war gardens” and raising chickens in their backyards.

Hoover’s efforts during the war proved successful, and America was able to decrease domestic food consumption by 15 percent and provide $1.4 billion of food aid to Europe over the course of a year.

Promotional cartoon about Hooverizing

Interested in learning more about Hooverizing? has thousands of articles, editorials, advice columns, poems, cartoons, ads, and propaganda pieces related to the WWI food conservation effort. Not to mention many recipes to help Americans comply with the Food Administration’s guidelines on conserving food (particularly wheat).

Take a look at some of these Hooverizing recipes you can find on (and maybe even try out a couple):

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Valentine’s Day on News, Finds and Tips

Heart O'Mine Cookies recipe from 1977
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and here on you can get in the spirit by reading all kinds of articles about the holiday of love. Some of the things you’ll learn about Valentine’s Day might even surprise you!

For instance, did you know that in the 19th century, sending paper valentines through the mail got to be so popular that during some years, post offices had to hire more workers just to get all the cards sorted and delivered? You can read all about it in an article from 1811 or one from 1846.

If you’re interested in learning how Valentine’s Day cards have evolved over the years, you’re in luck. Learn about the years when postcard, celluloid, or telegram valentines were popular. Or get started reading about Valentine’s Day card trends in 1881, 1892, and 1947. You can also find out how valentines were mass produced in 1889.

Valentine's card trends in 1947
If you like to send out valentines yourself, you might be interested in learning about Loveland, Colorado, which since 1947 has had a “re-mailing” program for valentines. Send them your valentine, and they’ll send it out to your recipient after stamping it with a verse and cachet as well as a “Loveland” postal cancellation. Read all about the program through the years in articles from 1949, 1952, 1990, and 2001.

Or if you’re into baking, the papers on have all sorts of Valentine’s-themed recipes. Don’t some Heart O’Mine Cookies sound delicious? These flaky, heart-shaped cookies from a 1977 recipe are filled with strawberry preserves. Or if you like arts and crafts (or know a kid who does), you can even find valentines that you can cut out and color.

Cut-out Valentine from 1924
If humorous anecdotes are more your thing, try reading this story from 1787 about a 14-year-old girl who married a much older man on Valentine’s Day. You probably won’t be astonished that their marriage was rocky, but it may come as a surprise just why the young lady took her husband to court.

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Highlights from Tournament of Roses History News, Finds and Tips

Floats from the 1967 Rose Parade
The Tournament of Roses, with its Rose Parade of beautifully decorated floral floats and subsequent Rose Bowl football game, draws hundreds of thousands of viewers in person and millions more via live broadcast every year. And for many families, it’s tradition to attend—or watch on TV—this annual New Year’s event. Did you know that on, you can find all sorts of articles and images from Tournament of Roses history?

The Tournament of Roses, which celebrated its 125th anniversary earlier this month, was first held in Pasadena, California, on New Year’s Day in 1890. It was organized by the Valley Hunt Club as a way to showcase the warm California weather and the gorgeous flowers it produced even in the middle of winter. That first year, members of the club decorated their carriages and buggies with flowers and organized a tournament of sports—including footraces, horse races, jousting, and more—for an audience of more than 2,000.

Scenes from the 1895 Tournament of Roses
The Tournament of Roses was an instant hit and became an annual tradition. Run by the Valley Hunt Club for the first few years, the event soon became too big for the club to handle, and the Tournament of Roses Association was set up in 1895 to run the parade and related events.

Though from the very beginning the parade centered on vehicles decorated with flowers, motorized floats weren’t included until 1901, and they didn’t become ubiquitous until 1920. The tournament aspect of the event also changed over the years. In the early days, the tournament included races of all sorts‐foot, bicycle, horse, pony, donkey, ostrich, and even one race between a camel and an elephant. Beginning in 1904, the tournament also featured chariot races, though they were eventually discontinued in 1915 because they were deemed too dangerous.

Detailed account of Rose Parade entries for 1898
Over the years, however, the tournament sports gave way to a focus on college football, which today is a key part of the Tournament of Roses. A football game was first included in 1902 and drew a crowd of 8,500. After that first game, football was discontinued in the Tournament of Roses until 1916, but since then it has been played annually in the Rose Bowl. Though traditionally held in the Rose Bowl Stadium, built in 1922, the customary “East vs. West” football game was played in Durham, North Carolina, in 1942 because of fears of a Japanese attack on the West Coast; the parade itself was canceled for the duration of the war.

Are you a fan of the Rose Parade or Rose Bowl? Find many more articles about their history on!

Pickled Herring to Pickle Ornaments: Unique Holiday Traditions

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Family sets up model trains for Christmas
Whether it’s going Christmas caroling around your neighborhood or eating Chanukah latkes with sour cream and applesauce, every family has its own holiday traditions. Some are common, some are unique, but all are important to the people they belong to. If you’re interested in finding out about holiday traditions across the nation, a search on brings back tens of thousands of results, all of them providing a glimpse into how other people celebrate the holidays we hold dear.

Food, of course, is the basis of many of our holiday traditions. A 1998 article in the Ukiah Daily Journal described one family’s Christmas Eve tradition of eating raw beef sandwiches, made of “raw ground round on pumpernickel rye bread, topped with Bermuda onion.” In 1978, the San Bernardino Country Sun published an article about a Californian family who makes a traditional Swedish Christmas Eve meal, complete with three courses of dishes like limpa bread, pickled herring, cod with white sauce, and lingon berries. A 1982 story in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle shared how one family would eat a special Chanukah meal of “honey and sponge cakes, pancakes from home-grown potatoes, and lamb,” which they shared with people who couldn’t afford their own meal.

Candy houses a family tradition at Christmas
Other holiday traditions revolve around decorating the house. A 1936 issue of the Montana Butte Standard carried a story about a family who, every Christmas, set up an elaborate model train set that took up the entire room. Another family always hid a pickle ornament in the Christmas tree, reported a 2000 article in the Alexandria Times-Tribune. Whoever found the ornament got an extra present.

Then there are the traditions that revolve around activities. In the New York of days long past, visiting friends and family on New Year’s Day used to be so common that traffic would block the streets, recalled one man in a 1908 New York Times article. As told in a 1978 issue of the San Bernardino County Sun, during Chanukah it was tradition in one family for the father to light the shammash (the candle used to light the candles of the menorah), and then the children would light the others. And the Helena Independent Record reported in 1948 that in Nashville, Tennessee, it was tradition to sing Christmas carols at every house that had a candle in the window.

What are your favorite holiday traditions? If you’re looking to start a new tradition this year, try searching for ideas.