If you're looking for a different sort of gift -- something unusual, cool and very personalized -- here's an idea. Surprise someone on Christmas, an anniversary or a birthday with the front page of a newspaper from her day of birth. For the person receiving the gift, it's a terrific glimpse into the world as it existed at the time she was busy being born. Here's how to do it.
Check the NewspaperArchive website, which offers oversized prints of any of the millions of newspaper pages in its collection, including front pages, of course. The large, 30-by-22-inch pages are printed on acid-free, archival paper, and cost $29.95 each (plus shipping), as of June 2011. Just select the date and paper of interest, and the page is in the mail.
Visit the Comfort House website. It goes one better, sending not just a front page, but an entire newspaper. This is an original newspaper, not a reproduction. There are a variety of mounting and presentation options, starting at $49.95, as of June 2011. Be aware, though, that the merchant selects the newspaper, not you...that is, everyone wants "The New York Times," but not everyone can get it.
Go right to the source, if you simply must have "The New York Times." At The New York Times Store website, you can order reproductions of any front page (and many inside pages as well). The pages come in different sizes, and can be purchased framed, if desired. In July 2011, prices start at $49.95.
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