The woman found the documents after removing a wooden drawer at the top of the box. Stacked in a tidy pile, they had apparently been collected over many decades. She removed them and began to look closer. And it was then that she realized just what she had found. “Jack-Frikin-Pot!” she wrote.
The box contained newspapers and magazines that had apparently been saved for their national and historic significance. As sources, they offered not only detailed records of major events in American history but also intimate glimpses of American society and how it had viewed the world – and itself – at different historical junctures.
For example, this supplement from the Miami Herald marks the American bicentenary on July 4, 1976. The headline, “We hold these truths…” is a quote from the opening of the American Declaration of Independence. The soaring eagle is instantly recognizable as a symbol of American identity, but the style and tone of the rendition thoroughly belong to the 1970s.