Introducing Our New Viewer! News, Finds and Tips

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If you’ve visited recently, you’ve probably noticed our new and improved viewer when you go to look at papers on our site. The new viewer has the same features you’re familiar with, but it’s now faster and more streamlined.

One of the biggest improvements is that the new viewer, whichMobile Viewer Screenshot uses HTML 5, works on all platforms, whether you use a computer, smartphone, or tablet to access It also loads much more quickly and has more options for printing and saving. For example, you now have the option to print or save newspaper pages (or portions of pages) as a JPG or PDF. If the terms “JPG” and “PDF” don’t mean anything to you, here’s an easy way to choose which to select: If your main intention is to print out a portion of a newspaper to have as a hard copy, PDF is probably the way to go since it will include the source information and be formatted to fit letter-size paper. If, however, you want an image file without the source information to use digitally—or to print out in high resolution—JPG will likely be your best bet.

You’ll also notice some changes to the way the viewer looks. For instance, the viewer now boasts simplified tool options on the right-hand side, one of which is a button with improved brightness and contrast options. Though the zoom buttons are the most prominently displayed tools, selecting the arrow beneath the zoom buttons will expand the tools to display everything else (adjust brightness/contrast, rotate image, view full screen).

Viewer ClippingThe filmstrip at the bottom of the screen has also been improved. Not only is the separation between different days’ papers more clearly delineated, but moving from issue to issue in the filmstrip is much smoother, as it now allows scrolling. If using a computer, you just need to mouse over the arrows and it will auto-scroll the filmstrip until you move your mouse. To pin the Filmstrip open in the new viewer, simply select the pushpin icon that’s to the left of the word “Filmstrip” while the filmstrip is open.

And although the “People Interested in This Paper” feature may look like it has disappeared, it’s still easily accessible if you select the red double-arrow tab on the far right side of the viewer.

We’re pretty proud of our new viewer. If you haven’t tried it out yet, take a look and let us know what you think!

Recipes for the Holidays

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The Chestnut Man
“Chestnuts roasting on an open fire …” Favorite foods and holiday recipes conjure up warm memories of sharing special times with family and friends at this time of year. At, we’ve added a modern touch to the recipe box overflowing with yellowed newspaper clippings, and bring you a few vintage recipes to try this season via digital clippings online.

Venture beyond simply roasting chestnuts and try chestnut puree, stuffing, or pudding. They’re among eight alternatives offered in a 1902 article. Photos of the chestnut man roasting chestnuts and children eating chestnuts accompany a 1910 alert about a doomed harvest that threatened Thanksgiving temptations that year.

President Harrison's Christmas DinnerRecipes from the social leaders of our nation’s capital in 1889 include Mrs. Harrison’s Sausage Rolls and Mrs. Miller’s Mince Pie. The menu from the President Harrison’s Christmas Dinner includes terrapin and Blue Point oysters, which sound tantalizing, but we’ll pass on the stewed celery.

Even though Hanukkah 2013 has passed, potato latkes can satisfy cravings throughout the year. While Aunt Sophie’s Fruit Compote and Bimuelos add a perfect sweet addition to any holiday menu.

The best plum pudding is one of many variations in an 1892 Atlanta Constitution article which also features a drawing of someone serving the pudding “à la fifteenth century.” Christmas plum pudding joins venison and fruitcake in holiday recipes published by the Galveston Daily News in 1910, while cranberry pudding won first place in a 1930 holiday recipe contest in Huron, South Dakota.

WassailWassail is a British holiday tradition, but who would imagine it being incorporated into Christmas Wassail Bread? To continue with the modern twist, be sure to check out the Cranberry Christmas Tree Cake on the same page.

“There is a certain charm about a little home candy frolic in Christmas week,” according to an 1897 column offering recipes for peanut caramels, chocolate cream drops, and almond candy. Are we hungry yet!?

Enjoy these vintage recipes in your own holiday test kitchen or look for a few of your own. Place your favorite recipe name or ingredient in the search box at and discover old or new traditions to add to your holiday menus. Adjust the date settings and see how far back in history your favorite holiday indulgence may take you.