Frequently Asked Questions
• For our tirade on why your subscription doesn’t arrive
as quickly as it should sometimes, see How
100 Years Ago
No, we do not make up the stories in the papers’ popular ‘Latest
From the Last Century’ columns: whenever people went to town,
they apparently dropped by the local newspaper offices and “told
all” that happened in their neighborhoods. If someone’s
wife sneezed so hard she dislocated her jaw, well, it was news!
(Imagine what would happen if we could publish all the painful mishaps
and snake sightings and fender benders that go on today: our circulation
would triple— but we’d probably be sued on a weekly basis.
These columns are taken word-for-word (though some words are left out;
the style 100 years ago was a good deal more verbose) from The Valley
Register and The Brunswick Herald, which the editor reads from microfilm
copies that you, too, are welcome to read. They are housed at The Lamar
Center on West Main Street in Middletown; call the Center at 301-371-7090
to arrange to view them.
The Register files are complete, running from the 1860s to 1991; when
the long-running, hot-lead-type paper closed in 1991, the microfilm
and microfilm reader were donated by the Rhoderick family to The Middletown
Valley Historical Society. MVHS has loaned the film to the Lamar Center.
(C. Burr Artz Library in Frederick also has microfilm copies of most
of The Register volumes.)
The Herald files are also complete, running from the paper’s founding
in 1891 through 1911.
Microfilm copies of both papers can purchased from the Maryland Archives.
NOTE: The more familiar newspaper to long-time Brunswick residents is
The Blade-Times, published from circa 1914 to 1970. In later years,
it was bought out by the Loudoun Times-Mirror, so the archives are currently
housed in that paper’s Leesburg offices. We understand if you
call a day ahead, you can arrange to see these archives.
Yes, we’ve got them— for all but a couple of issues. They’re
kept at our office in Brunswick. Extra copies of recent issues (say,
the last two months) are still priced at 35¢ each plus tax. For
older copies we have to root into the storeroom, which adds a $1 search
We’ve got those, too. If we took the photograph, you are welcome
to the print of it: first come, first served. (Most likely it will be
the size as you saw it in the paper.) If the original print is gone
or you’d like a more carefully made enlargement, 5x7 reprints
are available for $3 and 8x10s for $5.
These days, maybe 20 percent of the pictures in the paper are loaned
to us by readers, so we can’t reproduce them. Look for the photo
credit: if it says “— Citizen / Donna Lear”, for example
(or — Citizen / any name), then we have a negative we can make
an enlargement from.
We keep our negatives— all of them. In the case of the Brunswick
paper, we have 29 years’ worth of history on file!
WARNING: In recent years, we have been running more and more pictures
taken in digital format. Due to the size of the digital files, we cannot
hold them on the computer for long. If you want a reprint of a digital
picture, call within a week of its appearance in the paper, or it will
have dissolved into pixels and floated away...