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Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive of rare and historic newspapers, which serve as the first drafts of history and the critical primary source material for historians, authors and educators. The collection also features some notable periodicals, documents, broadsides and books.
Before 1870, newspapers were printed on a heavy-duty paper made by pulping linen rags, often from clothes or ship sails. Thanks to the durability of rag linen paper and Johannes Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, history's most important events from the 15th through the 19th centuries are often well preserved in printed form. The historic accounts printed within the pages of these newspapers and periodicals come to life in the Rag Linen blog.
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27 October 2012
The official website for Reporting the Revolutionary War has launched. Videos, book details, reviews, speaking calendar, ordering links, articles, lesson plans and a mini-archive, which...
29 September 2012
Thought I’d change things up a bit today and share full front pages of newspapers rather than cropped article excerpts. When examined side by side, one gains a greater appreciation...
27 September 2012
Newspapers provided an important marketplace for producers and consumers of goods and services throughout the American Revolution. Today, these ads are an important slice of social...