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Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 148 Years Ago: “Phenomena of a Total Eclipse,” The Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1869

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers: 148 Years Ago: “Phenomena of a Total Eclipse,” The Evening Telegraph, August 4, 1869


What did we know about the how’s and why’s of a total eclipse of the sun in 1869? Having experienced a total eclipse in North America just a few years prior in 1860, newspaper readers of 1869 were eager for information. The Evening Telegraph (Philadelphia, PA) presented that and more just before the August 7 event, providing a combination of science, story and conjecture to describe the phenomena, declaring “No approach to totality can give the slightest conception of the effect produced the instant that the last ray of light is extinguished.” On Monday, August 21, 2017 millions across America will make their own observations of this rare occurrence. Read more about it and follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm #Eclipse2017!

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