Category Archive: Newspaper

Jun 09

Sending telephotos, World War II week by week

May 26, 1943 photos included the U.S.S. Oklahoma being raised from depths of Pearl Harbor.

When I started my career in newspapers we had a box in the corner of the newsroom that would spit wirephotos out every couple of minutes. Next to it was another box attached to a phone. If news happened you would make a print, type a caption on sticky paper, attach it to the print …

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Apr 16

Hearst Castle bombing by New World Liberation Front 1976

Investigators crunch through debris on veranda at Hearst Castle's Casa del Sol guest house, where bomb exploded Thursday (near center of photo.) 02-12-1976 ©The Tribune/Wayne Nicholls

A cowardly man with large ambition, weak ability and a large pile of explosives — stop me if you have heard this story before. It is almost always a man responsible. The story is more common than we care to admit. They slither out from under rocks every few decades, from anarchists in the 19th …

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Apr 04

Every Ounce a Man’s Whiskey

March 13, 1952 advertisement for Early Times whiskey, every ounce a Man's whisky.

Spinning through microfilm from 1952 the photographer holding a Speed Graphic camera caught my eye. This was the workhorse camera for press photographers almost from the time it was invented in 1912. According to Wikipedia the camera helped photographers win the Pulitzer Prize from 1942-54 and even won in the category as late as 1961. …

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Mar 23

Underwater Easter egg hunt Morro Bay

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When this story was first posted in Photos From the Vault the original 1968 story was not included. Family Editor Linnea Waltz wrote this story April 11, 1968: MORRO BAY— Clear water, warm weather and eager kids demonstrated togetherness Tuesday afternoon at the Morro Bay High School pool. The idea was to get as many …

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Mar 18

The comics page goes to war, World War II week by week

May 4, 1943 Telegram-Tribune comic page, many with World War II themes.

The war even found its way onto the comics pages. Three strips, Was Tubs, Boots and Her Buddies and Joe Palooka featured airplanes. Even escapist fare like Alley Oop had the caveman looking for rubber, now being rationed. Side Glances criticized dancing lessons for being a waste of shoe leather another rationed item. Our Boarding …

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Mar 08

Carry a block of ice or advertise? Choose wisely

This ad from April 6, 1957 seemed to say, "If it wasn't for advertising we would all be carrying 50 pound blocks of ice on our backs."

This ad was a reminder to some adults of the 1950s to recall childhood. It skips over a key point. Before people could have refrigerators, utility lines had to be installed to houses. Very often the utility company bought advertising to expand the franchise as you can see from this 1907 ad. Gas stoves and …

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Feb 25

Lincoln hates booze

The Daily Telegram never lost an opportunity to scold readers about the evils of drink. This house ad is from Sept. 30, 1911.

When the Daily Telegram was founded in 1905 it was a temperance newspaper. It never lost an opportunity to scold readers on the evils of drink. Here the editors typeset a quote from one of the beloved icons of history and tried to bend it to to their cause. A quick google search did not …

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Feb 20

1875 Advertising in the San Luis Obispo Tribune

Feb. 6, 1875 San Luis Obispo Tribune is all advertising on the front page.

In recent years there has been some debate among newspapers about advertising placement. Should advertising slots be sold on the front page? Stickers, wraps, inserts, special bags, the advertising world wants something to give their message an edge. Sometimes called the fourth estate, the founding fathers saw the unfettered flow of information via journalism as …

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Feb 05

The law office of Walter Murray

What happened to the Murray Adobe and why should we care? Today’s column addresses the second question; Wednesday’s will address the first. Walter Murray was one of key formative personalities in San Luis Obispo County as the region made the transition from Mexican rule to American. The English born and educated in law, Murray came …

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Feb 02

Murray Adobe in Mission Plaza

The first edition of the Tribune was printed here August 7, 1869. The Murray Adobe is much smaller than it was a few years earlier. The subject of the next posting.
©Wayne Nicholls/Telegram-Tribune Nov. 20, 1973

The previous two posts showed what the in the 1960s. By 1973 only the lean-to portion remained, the main house replaced by an arbor. What happened? The answer next week. By now you may recognize the building as the Murray Adobe, law office of Tribune founding editor Walter Murray. It is in Mission Plaza between …

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