So I was delighted to receive an e-mail from Thomas at Historic Newspapers asking if I would review some newspapers on my blog and and give a link to his website which sells original newspapers as gifts.
On the international scene, the front and back pages were stark, with warnings about the threat to peace, and photographic coverage of "Dictators behind a Wall of Steel" as Hitler and Mussolini met in Munich'. A centre page editorial article asked "Where will Hitler strike next?" The Spanish Civil War rated only the briefest of mentions.
For a leisurely Sunday read, there was an article on T.S.Lawrence by Sir Winston Churchill, and in a much lighter (spicier?) vein the first instalment of a romance "Transgressors in the Tropics".
As a popular Sunday paper, sport and gossip abounded , with big coverage of the weekend matches including Lacrosse (we don't see that sport featured now) and a headline "Scots can still teach English players - a tribute to Tartan [football] teams)" - that made me laugh given the current state of Scottish football!
Readers could catch up on film news with a picture of Marlene Dietrich "half dead with glamour", and what were they listening to on the radio? Well, it was Sunday so religious services and appropriate music predominated.
Fashionable women were shown the latest fur trimmed coats and advised to "Be prudish this winter - no ultra low decolletage, no slit skirts".
I find advertisements as fascinating as the news items. A comic strip extolled the benefits of using "Rinso" to do your laundry and enhance your home, your appearance - and your social life. Patriotism and health were the two messages in the advert for shredded wheat - sounds familiar today,
- An item on ill fated aviator Amy Johnston hoping to make a gliding record.
- "Black out at the Lights", with a power cut turning off the famous Blackpool illuminations and hotel orchestras forced to play by candlelight (of particular interest to me as I was born in the town).
- And my favourite quirky item bore the intriguing headline of "Zeppelin was Her Stork"! and told how Zeppelina, celebrating her 21st birthday, was named after a German Zepplin which crashed near her her home in Essex on the day she was born in 1916.