The Brandon Sun took a page out of the history books last weekend — literally.
Brandon actor Carter Sherris dressed as a vintage-style newsboy to hawk copies of the Brandon Sun on Saturday in front of Forbidden Flavours coffee house on 18th Street, followed by a walk through the Global Market downtown. The copies featured a reproduced front page from 100 years ago, announcing the start of the First World War.
The Shilo Military Family Resource Centre will receive $400, which represents sale and any additional donations made from the newsboy sales, plus an additional top-up from the Sun. The "Extra! Extra!" front page containing the declaration of war was recently digitized from an original paper copy preserved by the Sun, and modern readers will be able to learn the news of war exactly as Brandonites did a century ago.
Inside, the paper contained all the news, sports, analysis and advertising that it normally does, plus a number of stories about the war.
Sun publisher Eric Lawson would like to thank Carter Sherris for doing such a great job as our period newsboy for the day, as well as circulation manager Lori Timms for taking the lead in organizing the event. The memorial edition itself was a joint effort from city editor Matt Goerzen, Internet coordinator/blogger Grant Hamilton and sales and marketing director Glen Parker.
The historic front page reprint officially kicked off a major initiative of the Sun, which will track the progress of the First World War from a Brandon perspective "as it happened" for the next four years. The ongoing coverage will continue regularly, and will also be presented online at brandonsun.com/firstworldwar100.
Coincidentally, the concept of having an "old-timey newsboy" distribute reprinted copies of 1914 papers also happened in Toronto on the weekend.
A group of men dressed in turn-of-the-century newsboy costumes drew curious glances in downtown Toronto as they handed out a fictitious historical newspaper to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War, The Canadian Press reported.
They shouted "extra, extra" while waving copies of the The Flanders Fields Post, which contained a summary of the war’s key events.
About 620,000 Canadians enlisted during the First World War and about 419,000 went overseas. About 60,000 never came home.
Monday’s event in Toronto was organized by Visit Flanders, the tourism office for Flanders, Belgium, and coincided with similar events in Manchester and Dublin.
The war was considered a turning point in Canadian history, when the country shed its colonial mindset to become a nation in its own right.