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1920s NEWSPAPER INGREDIENTS
NEW! 04/08

GLENDALE, Calif. — Making a customizable Acrobat PDF newspaper clipping is simply not practicable, but with some raw ingredients you can make great looking newspaper clippings of your own. HPLHS is pleased to offer such a collection for free download.
Prop newspaper clippings are often used as play aids in gaming to provide Investigator characters with some vital clue. But when you hand a prop newspaper clipping with just one article to a player, it's a dead giveaway that the information in the article is somehow important. It can be much more fun to provide a clipping which contains multiple articles, and leave it to the players to determine for themselves what might be relevant. It gives them a more realistic experience, and allows them the (often amusing) option of failure.
An important extra touch of verisimilitude can be added to prop newspaper clippings by having news on the back. Having a prop with printing on both sides, as though it had been clipped from an actual newspaper, intensifies the gaming experience.
Here is a selection of actual news articles from various newspapers published in the 1920s and '30s. The articles have been transcribed directly from vintage newspapers, with vintage spelling, capitalization and punctuation left just as it was published, to serve as a model for writing vintage-sounding news stories of your own. We've generally avoided articles about famous events that can be pinned down to particular days, opting for more generic items instead. Some details in some articles have been added or altered slightly in order to give them a whiff of Lovecraftian mystery, which might lead to interesting gaming all by itself.

Click the image at left to download a 20MB ZIP archive of news articles, photos and advertisements. You may also wish to download the free HPLHS vintage fonts for creating your prop newspaper.

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