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Today in History shows us windows to the past

by Alan Herzberger Modified: April 18, 2013 at 1:32 pm •  Published: September 24, 2010

The Oklahoman Archives is a product we’ve had for a long time. It serves our customers that see a great value in more than 100 years of history stored nicely away in a searchable vault.

You can sign up for one day ($8.95), one month ($33.00), three months ($78.00), six months ($140.00) or one year ($248.00).

But thanks to a sponsorship from Devon Energy, access to The Oklahoman’s archives is free to local schools throughout the state.

It’s been that way for many years, but we have added a new feature to our archives product. it’s called the Today in History page, and you can find it at the bottom of the left-hand rail of the archives page.

The Today in History page page shows users the big stories that happened in the past and notable birthdays for any given date. I mean, really, how else are you going to know about “Mean” Joe Greene’s 64th birthday?

But the coolest addition to this page is the images from The Oklahoman’s front page dating back 25 years, 50 years, 75 years and 100 years.

Granted, all you can see are the big headlines (unless you dive deeper in our pay archives), but I always find old newspaper front pages fascinating. It’s amazing how we once all managed to survive without proper use of “white space” on our daily newspaper.

But we also didn’t wear seat belts all the time back then.

And we played football without appropriate helmets.

And we unapologetically ate bacon every morning.

At any rate, the Today in History page will make you think a lot about how times have changed.

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by Alan Herzberger
Digital Managing Editor
Alan Herzberger is the Digital Managing Editor for NewsOK.com and The Oklahoman. He focuses on content within OPUBCO Communications Group’s variety of digital products. He’s been with The Oklahoman since 1997, when he joined the sports...
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