[File this photo under newspaper archives]
Back in the days of hot type slugs, pica poles and proportion wheels, we called then morgues.
When I worked in Louisville, Ky., in the late 1990s, The Courier-Journal's was housed in the library: rows of filing cabinets stuffed with old photos and articles meticulously clipped by hand from the newspaper.
But now, as more Gannett papers sell their aging buildings and move to smaller quarters, what's happening to all those artifacts from decades before electronic storage?
My curiosity was piqued by The New York Times's introduction yesterday of The Lively Morgue, a Tumblr blog showcasing some of the millions of photos and negatives collected over the paper's more than 100 years in print.
Click on any of the images, and you'll see the photo's backside, which shows grease-penciled notations of when it was published, plus original captions and sometimes the amount paid to freelance photographers.
Indeed, it's one of several echoes of Old School newspapering on this site. For example, listen when you click on The Teletype Room widget in the green sidebar, and note the tag I've used for this post.
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