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Hypergene MediaBlog » NY Times launches newspaper archive viewer: TimesMachine

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Tuesday, 26 Feb 2008

NY Times launches newspaper archive viewer: TimesMachine

The New York Times has quietly launched TimesMachine - a way to browse every news page from its beginning in 1851 to 1922.

The TimesMachine has been unavailable this morning today, but those who had a chance to see it tell us you can mouse over stories and have see transcribed version appear, which makes reading easy.

Readers can browse or search by date. But, unlike Footnote, there is no keyword searching or highlighting within pages or other social media tools that let you comment connect pages or your own images together.

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Today, our growing newspaper archive (about 400,000 pages) requires a subscription to access. We hope that on the heels of releasing 1 million documents this month, we’ll be able to free some newspapers soon.

But it’s an exciting development for The Times. Newspapers provide such a rich and entertaining view of history.
And the newspapers don’t have to be big metros to be valuable. Here are a few recent examples from Small Town Newspapers found by browsing Footnote:

Dick Tracy Does His Part for the War Effort

Dick Tracy Does His Part for the War Effort

2 Oct 1941 - Relieve Colds - Take 666

To relieve a cold, make a deal with the Devil?

2 Oct 1941 - Telephone Lines - Speeding Up For Defense

Speeding up for defense - just before Pearl Harbor

“More terrifying than accurate...”

Overzealous Police Officer Arrests Japanese Horse Trainer - 12 Dec 1941

“Overzealous Police Officer Arrests Japanese Horse Trainer”

Posted on Feb 26, 2008 | 12:26 pm EST
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