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Rag Linen is an online museum and educational archive named after the early newspaper printing process: "Before 1870, most newspapers were printed on heavy-duty paper made by pulping linen rags, often from clothes or ship sails." This printing process has allowed these papers to survive through the centuries in remarkably fine condition. Todd Andrlik is the creator of this fine site, and with the historic newspapers offered here "you'll travel back in time to read reports from the Late Middle Ages, the European Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment." A great place to start here is the "Rag Linen Museum" area. Here visitors will find digital exhibits on the French & Indian War, King Philip's War, and the Battle of Bunker Hill. Each exhibit contains pages from original newspapers, along with brief explanations of each historical event. After that, visitors can click on over to the "Education" section, which features a brief narrative history of newspapers, a visual tour of the beginning of newspapers, and a piece on how to determine the value of various newspapers. Also, the "Bibliography" section is a great source of information for "further reading", and it includes seminal works that deal with the history of the printing press, newspapers, and American history. Visitors who enjoy the site will want to sign up for their email alerts, RSS feed, and other social media options.
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