From papyrus to... printing and paper

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My main themes this week are those of papyrus, pencils, printing and paper... and watching my Ps and Qs!

Papyrus, made essentially from dried leaves, was used in Egypt at least 3,000 years ago.

According to legend, paper, as we know it, was discovered by Ts’ Ai Lun, a Chinese courtier in AD 102.

What is fact and not legend is that newspapers are still a vital means of communication in our lives.

Just look at my first picture (top, left) of a copy of the Lancashire Evening Post of about 100 years ago. In those days the reporter relied on a pencil and pad rather than a pen, for ballpoint pens were still light years away.

Now do you realise that the average pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a single line over 35 miles long?



My second picture (top, right) is one which a reader sent me last year. This “Happy New Year” card had on it the wish “To grandma from your devoted grand daughters”.

Again it must be some age and has an interesting design and message I share with you today.

My third picture from the past. is the front page of the very first issue of the Garstang Courier. It was published on May 16, 1963.

Bill Armistead was its founder and editor and also ran the Longridge News too.

In the early days of advertising, jingles were written down in newspapers and readers expected to sing them for themselves.

Is that why the bakers of Smith’s Patent Germ Bread quickly changed the name to Hovis?

Whatever – enjoy this front page of our paper from 50 years ago this May.