This morning, an Arlington resident donated a copy of this issue of The Sun: it happened to be today’s date, June 13…1927. But the first thing I noticed wasn’t the paper’s date, but the headline: LINDBERGH LANDS IN NEW YORK.
We have access to lots of historical newspapers via our databases and microfilm at the library, but it’s something else to hold a ninety-year-old piece of newsprint in your hands and marvel a little. (And then put it down before it crumbles to pieces, and go wash your hands.)
If you’re interested in more historical documents related to Lindbergh, try our aforementioned databases and microfilm, or visit the Digital Public Library of America (dp.la) for various primary source documents. If you’re more interested in history through the lens of fiction, you might like Melanie Benjamin’s novel The Aviator’s Wife or Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America.
What cool thing have you discovered at the library recently?