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Check out Vintage 'NYT' Front Pages with 'Times Machine'

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Check out Vintage 'NYT' Front Pages with 'Times Machine'

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The New York Times announced this week the creation of TimesMachine -- a new addition to the paper's digital archive that reaches all the way back to the Times' first issue on Sept. 18, 1851, and continues through Dec. 31, 1922.

TimesMachine is available free of charge, and only to Times home-delivery subscribers.

The creation of TimesMachine follows the experiment that was TimesSelect, the premium content service that required a fee to access the Gray Lady's most popular features, including news and opinion columns, the archives, and the crossword puzzle.

TimesSelect was ended on Sept. 19, 2007. In November, Derek Gottfrid, author of "Open," the Times' in-house technology blog, announced in a post, "The New York Times has decided to make all the public domain articles from 1851-1922 available free of charge."

Articles dating from 1923-1986 will still be available at a premium. The Times recommends that readers searching for those articles "ask [their] local librarian for access to Proquest's Digital Vault," advice which also applies to non-home subscribers who wish to view TimesMachine. …

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