ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Scandal - Read All about It; Sally Hoban Looks at the Tales of Gossip and Grisly Murder Featured in Historical Scandal Sheets
Byline: Sally Hoban
Before the tabloids took hold of Fleet Street, scandalous news was delivered to the public through "street literature" or "broadside ballads" as they were better known.
For more than 400 years, from the 16th century onwards, these publications (usually a single-sided printed sheet of folk music, ballads, handbills, proclamations, or advertisements) were sold for pennies.
They were a source of public entertainment and in the days before the mass media, provided an easy way for everyone to find out the gossip about was going on up and down the country.
Street literature has been a popular category of ephemera among collectors for many years and perhaps its most famous enthusiast was the London diarist, Samuel Pepys (1633-1703). …
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Publication information: Article title: ANTIQUES & COLLECTING: Scandal - Read All about It; Sally Hoban Looks at the Tales of Gossip and Grisly Murder Featured in Historical Scandal Sheets. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Birmingham Post (England). Publication date: September 24, 2005. Page number: 46. © 2009 Birmingham Post & Mail Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2005 Gale Group.
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