What did The Bend Bulletin look like on Christmas Day 100 years ago? Well, nothing. The paper didn’t print on Christmas, making the Christmas Eve paper reprinted today effectively the Christmas Day paper.

(Click on the images below to read the reproduced pages.)

There was snow on Christmas a century ago, and even a heart-wrenching holiday story. Two young boys, one with a broken arm and the other on crutches, lost a $10 bill with which they were going to do their Christmas shopping. They showed up at the offices of The Bend Bulletin and shared their plight, leading to a short item in the Christmas Eve paper. Things turned out just fine for the boys, by the way. The missing $10 bill was never found, but people who read about the boys in The Bend Bulletin quickly made them whole.

Meanwhile, the aftermath of World War I continued to dominate the front page. Even as Bend residents shopped at The American Bakery, prepared to eat roast turkey and plum pudding at the Altamont and sold cows through The Bend Bulletin’s classified ads, much of Europe was threatened with starvation.

Coming in January: The police solve a Christmas Day murder, and a cracker ad that would horrify readers today.

Our goal with these sections is to replicate the experience of reading the newspaper 100 years ago. Listing historically significant events, as The Bulletin does regularly, is a useful, but limited, exercise. A digest of highlights doesn’t tell you which films were playing locally 100 years ago, which products businesses were advertising and who was staying at local hotels. Only reprinting the entire paper can do that.

The process of reprinting a century-old paper works as follows. First, we review our microfilm archive and pick an edition. Next, we transcribe news content and rebuild century-old ads. The Bulletin’s Creative Services team has chosen fonts similar to those used 100 years ago, reworked photos (where possible) and rebuilt all of the ads. The newsroom’s page designers have rebuilt the pages using text transcribed by news intern Ellen Chandler.