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The Fair Lives again! Sort of...

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Some of you may or may not be aware that I work at a New York newspaper (Newsday). We have been publishing since 1940 and a lot of history has happened over those years. Last November we did a re-issue of our first Thanksgiving edition from 1940 and surprised subscribers with it, as a gift, rolled into their normal paper. The feedback was huge. People loved reading the old news stories, looking at the classic ads and trying to match classic locations with what is there now. This led into a creation of what we are calling The Vault project. Being a history buff, I was placed on the committee to explore further reprints delivered to subscribers.

We plan to issue classic editions on a regular basis for subscribers who Opt in. The first two are, however, being included in all editions as an introduction.

Last January we started meeting to select dates of papers to re-issue. For the kick-off we wanted something up beat on the cover. Not an easy task as most cover stories are hard news and rarely good news. I came up with a list for the committee to consider, Apollo landing on the moon, World Series editions, stories about the old Grummen Aircraft Factory. But, topping the list, the opening of the '64 World's Fair. That's what will be reprinted for this weekend, our first edition of the new program! It's been a real chore sitting on this info since the decision in January but now I can tip my hand. I'm working to have a very limited supply to offer to our community though those details are still being finalized.

Check out these quick photos I took of one of the first prints:

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Thanks - this is gonna be great!

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I'd love to be able to obtain one of those issues.

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