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Newspaper Update From a Collector

April 6, 2015

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.

Port Charles Herald

January 21, 2015

GH 1 It has long been an ambition of mine to own a copy, any copy of The Springfield Journal. That makes me vulnerable when I see other soap newspaper props for sale. So I bought a Genoa City Chronicle from The Young and the Restless. Now I saw a copy of the Port Charles Herald with Rick Hearst aka Ric Lansing aka Alan-Michael Spaulding on the front so how could I resist? I couldn’t.

Notice the repeating paragraph

Notice the repeating paragraph

Purchasing this second paper has taught me a lot about how the system works. Like the Chronicle, the Herald has a designed masthead. The majority of the camera ready page is just filled out to fill the expected layout of a newspaper. Some of the bits like the Town Crier actually look like they match the headline, but most of the story texts don’t. The headlines make sense, but they don’t expect people to really be able to look beyond that. In fact most of them are the same nonsense paragraphs repeated. In the story with Alan-Michael’s photo there are about three personalized sentences. That was true with the Julia Newman Martin article. In that example all three sentences were together in the opening paragraph in this one they are spread out with nonsense in between.  My best guess is that this is prop paper is from March 2003 based on the storyline it reflects.

Shootout at Club Corinthos: Attorney Ric Lansing Injured, Assassin Found Dead

Ric Lansing was injured in a shootout at Club Corinthos. [Just to give you a taste of the nonsense this is the next sentence.] He is the fact that any menace from without to the peace of our con-adopted by the staff of people going to the conference to voice units, to insure an increase in the capacities of operating enter further improved.

I’m not entirely sure the next two sentences have been personalized, but I’m assuming they are from the sentence structure and the inclusion of specific names.

“analysts wonder if Robert had not been shot, would he ever”

“Lukas hart, Roberts friend and campaign manager , has been”

Now about how it works. I turned the page and looked at the inside pages. I was surprised to see they were EXACTLY the same as the inside pages of the Geona City Chronicle in every single point. That means that either the Herald came from the same place that produced them or there was some kind of kit or something similar that allowed production companies to create their own. I am now on a quest to find out which it was and who produced them. GH3

IMG_0003Noticing the duplication between the papers also inspired me to read the filler a little more closely. I  found a date that referred to 1971 so I’m guessing they pulled the original format they based the paper on from then. That is consistent with font, layout, and photo style that all reflect the 1970s.

Now I know what to look for I also spotted the same filler in an episode from season 2 of The Dukes of Hazzard appearing as The Hazzard County Gazette. Keep an eye out.

Read more about the Geona City Chronicle:
https://glmanny.wordpress.com/2014/05/12/geona-city-chronicle

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.

Geona City Chronicle

May 12, 2014

IMG_0001 Those of you who follow me on Twitter (@Robansuefarm) know that one of my lifetime goals is to get a copy of the Springfield Journal. That is one of the prop papers they put together for use on the Guiding Light show. I’m now closer than ever. I bought a copy of the Geona City Chronicle on Ebay. Despite the fact that the missing Williams sibling is a newspaper man (still can NOT believe they don’t tell that story) newspapers have never played as big a role on The Young and the Restless as they did on As the World Turns and Guiding Light, at least since the retirement of Chronicle editor Stuart Brooks in the early 1980s.IMG_0002

However, they often do use a newspaper prop to advance story, often while they are reading the paper in the Geona City Athletic Club. It answers a couple of my questions though. The paper is the interior section of the paper (sadly without a masthead). Only the front and back page of the newspaper were set to fit with the story. The rest of the interior pages looked like a layout from sometime in the early 1970s or late 1960s complete with mixtures, but all the text of the story was replaced with the same four paragraphs repeated over and over again in succession.

IMG_0003 The newspaper was used in March 2002 on The Young and the Restless. It features Victor’s first wife Julia. Although I think Nikki and Victor belong together, one of my earliest memories of The Young and the Restless was Victor and Julia Newman being trapped in their burning apartment building so I have a soft spot for Julia. This was one of Julia’s last appearances on the show. Victor saw an article saying Julia was in trouble with a photo of her. He went running off and rescued her design business in Lake Forest, Martin Designs, because he thought he owed her that. They got along well, but Victor was dating Nikki again at the time and there wasn’t anything romantic. Julia was going by her married name Julia Martin. Her husband Alan Martin had just died and they had built the business together. She also reported that her daughter, Jamie, was in college. Only the first paragraph of the newspaper article actually was filled out to make the story and you can tell  that paragraph had been set in a different style. This is the part that was actually changed for the story.

IMG_0006Hostile Takeover Threatens Design Firm

Inside source have announced that Mart Kitchen Concepts, Inc. owned by John Martin and the late Alan Martin, are being subjected to a hostile takeover by Maxwell Hollister and his company.

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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