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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Gazette

Janna Barlow of rural Atwood sorts through a pile of old newspapers she rescued from a house to be demolished in Atwood. Janna loves history and is fascinated by the people and events gracing the pages of the 1930’s-era Omaha World-Herald, Stratton News and Benkelman Post-News Chronicle. They definitely witnessed history, including many photographs of “Governor” Franklin Roosevelt and then “First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.” There are photographs of famous multiple births and bad guys, horses and heroes, daily life and lovely desserts. The 1932 Omaha papers were touted as the “Only Rotogravure Section in Nebraska.” Rotogravure was a printing system using a rotary press, or typically a section of a newspaper devoted to rotogravure pictures, especially the color magazine of a Sunday newspaper. While Janna fell in love with the history of the Bliss family homestead on which she lived near Atwood, she’s returning to Denver to be closer to her son and granddaughter. She would love to find a new home for her newspaper treasures before she leaves. Anyone interested in visiting with Janna about the newspapers can call her at (303) 912-9909.

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