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By Dan Trudeau

In digging through back issues of the Little Neck Ledger, one inevitably comes across an interesting array of stories, advertisements and columns, with topics ranging from dinner parties to serial killers.

Examining the subtly shifting content of the Ledger over the course of more than half a century uncovers changes in technology, politics and social attitudes which took place on a national scale. At the same time, the local history involved in a small town paper reminds the reader that dedication to community and civic pride is a characteristic that withstands the test of time.

The following collage of headlines and advertising captions provides a glimpse into the Ledger’s historic role as a chronicle of news and source of ads:

•    July 14, 1939 - Advertisement for New York Telephone Company: “When the streets are SIZZLING, take things easy: Use your Telephone!”

•    March 12, 1942 - An American creed suggested by the Ledger staff for Little Neck residents during World War II includes the following pledges: “I will keep my eyes and ears open and my mouth shut, I will not lack nerve to tell a rumor-monger that he is prejudicing our cause, I will not participate in bigoted criticism of race or religion intended to divide America’s unity.”

•    September 13, 1961 - Ledger front page headline: “Garden Club to Hear Lecture on Dahlias.”

•    July 1, 1971 - Headline for story urging safe outdoor conduct: “Don’t Angle for Trouble, Red Cross Warns Fishermen.”

•    April 22, 1988 - Ledger front page headline: “Dukakis Wins Big in New York Primary.”

•    January 17, 1991 - Ledger lead headline: “Son of Sam Jr. Killer Sought, Scant Evidence Found in Lover’s Lane Death.”

Posted 7:17 pm, October 10, 2011
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