Newspaper Update From a Collector

IMG_0001If you are a regular reader of this blog or my Twitter account (@Robansuefarm) , you’ll know I’ve long desired to have a copy, any copy of the Springfield Journal. In my quest I purchased copies of the Geona City Chronicle and the Port Charles Herald. Comparing the two I realized they had to be made by the same company or at least in the identical way because the filler was exactly the same. Now I know what to watch for I’ve seen the same filler on other shows. The same filler appeared as the Hazzard County Gazette in a 2nd season episode of The Dukes of Hazzard shot in 1980 and since the ones I purchased were from the 2000s they’ve been using the same filler for a long time. Check out the photos in the Port Charles Herald post and look for the filler yourself. I’d love comments about the spottings.

That’s where it was resting for awhile when out of the blue I got a very kind message from a person who collects these kind of newspapers and other props. He’s given me permission to publish his message here:

 Hi, I found your January post about the prop newspapers. I collect props and can offer some info about them. Most of the newspapers in movies and TV shows today are usually created by a prop house called ‘The Earl Hays Press’ which is located in Sun Valley near Los Angeles, CA. They also make most of the custom printed paper props for the same productions, which may include signs, generic food or product packaging and labels, license plates, magazine and book covers, matchbooks, stationery, or any other custom printed material you could think of. They create these to avoid copyright issues with real companies. The filler newspaper’s inside page format was first used in the late 1980s. As late as 1985-1988 there was an older version of the inside pages in use, which had no text and alternate headlines. The inside pages were always a complete fabrication made from many combined elements. Some real headline plates recycled from old newspapers were mixed in with the fake stuff. The back page was consistent all the way back into the mid/late 1970s as can be seen by its use in ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’. Some time in the early 2000s, this back page was modified slightly, probably due to wear/damage to the original printing elements which were very old by this time. Also, the back page template was made from a real newspaper plate from San Francisco dated April of 1971. Hope this info helps! You can also google ‘recurring prop newspaper’ for more info about this particular prop. – Hill Valley Telegraph

Here is the Earl Hays Press website:
http://www.theearlhayspress.com/
Always wanted a fake bookcover with your name on it or beer or anything else? Looks like for the right price you can have it.

Here’s a news story about them with screen capture examples:
http://news.moviefone.com/2010/06/09/story-behind-that-reoccuring-prop-newspaper

And remember keep an eye out for that Springfield Journal for me!

Robansuefarm is the handle of one of Manny and Guiding Light‘s biggest fans following in her family’s footsteps of Guiding Light fandom since 1939. This blog is an effort to make it easy to find Guiding Light and especially Manny online. Check back here for her blog, find fanfic previews and fake WSPR newscasts on her YouTube, find podcasts that look back to old shows and audios of her fanfics on Blog Talk Radio, and finally follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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