PapersPast Review

Are you wondering what to buy for your husband/wife/sibling or another special person in your life? Do you think they have everything they want?


I bet they don't have an actual copy of The Times from the day they were born? If this sounds like you, then paperspast could be the ideal website to visit for a great gift.

One of Cornwall’s smallest businesses can solve your biggest gift-buying problem and send you a Gift Packed Genuine “Times” Newspaper. You can choose whichever date you like, each newspaper is retrieved from the archive and they check every page of the newspaper. It is isn't a reprinted copy but a vintage edition. This would be a great idea for a gift, and is something that I would have never thought of but when Ian from Paperspast got in touch about reviewing the product I just couldn't say no. 

I don't know a lot about what was happening in the world on the day or even year I was born but this paper gives me a great insight into what was going on. When I received the paper I couldn't instantly smell "old". It was a strange but satisfying smell. The Mrs is a bit weird with smells, she loves smelling old books etc. So I had to keep her schnoz away from this. I didnt want her sniffing, ruining my newspaper. 

I sat down with a black coffee (cause I was up early with the kids, obvs) and began to flick through the newspaper. I was happy to see a decent sized sports section. 
Some highlights reported on 16th October 1986 are:


  • Margeret Thatcher delayed her trip to the US due to the failure of the Reagan-Gorbachov summit in Iceland
  • Edwina Currie, the junior health minister said that smokers "should give up and bite their nails instead"
  • Pablo Picasso's second wife committed suicide in Paris by shooting herself in the head
  • England beat Northern Ireland 3-0 in their European Championship qualifying match with Gary Lineker scoring twice. 
With Christmas coming up soon these would be a great gift, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this paper and it is the first "Times" newspaper I have ever read!

Within your standard order, you receive 

  • Free Birthday Book (your choice of day and month) Everything you want to know about the day and month of birthday - famous people born of that day, news events from that day and month going back over the years.
  • Certificate of Authenticity with dedication panel for you to complete at home.
  • Recycled, Indian newspaper gift bag.
  • Conservation grade tissue paper.
  • ‘What day of the week were you born on’ quirky calendar.
Check out this advert for an Amstrad, only £399 and it has an ENORMOUS 256K memory! LOL! It can also show 90 columns and 32 lines of text, all at the same time! 



How far we've come since 1986.

I received a vintage copy of The Times free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. If you would like to order a copy of The Times on a special day then you can visit Paperspast here.









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