We’re still in the Christmas mood and have been flicking through the pages of the British Newspaper Archive, delving into Christmases past.
1918’s panto at the King’s Theatre was Jack and The Beanstalk… Oh yes it was!
In 1900 there was a “Great Christmas and New Year Carnival” in the Waverley Market, which had been turned into “a veritable Fairyland” and not a big wheel or German Market in sight!
In 1920 the coolest Christmas gift was a gramophone…..fast forward 96 years, and once again it’s appearing on Santa’s list.
With Christmas Day only becoming a public holiday in Scotland in 1958, most workers were lucky to get a half days holiday to celebrate….
All these ads were taken from the Edinburgh Evening News, but there are over 14 million digitised pages from more than 700 UK and Irish newspapers available on the British Newspaper Archive. You can browse for FREE in Central Library’s Edinburgh & Scottish Collection and Reference Library.
So do come and have a look yourself and use the Libraries computers to explore thousands of newspapers from 1710-1954 for FREE.