January 23, 2022

Have a Laugh or Three: The Onion Digitizes Its Print Archive and Makes It Available Online, Rollout Begins Today

From an AP Story by Jack Coyle:

The satirical paper of record is dipping into its archives.

The Onion will announce Monday that it is publishing digitized versions of all its old print editions [1988 – 1996]. Beginning Monday, TheOnion.com will begin posting a handful of old issues every week for the coming months.


The Onion was founded in 1988 in Madison, Wis., by two students from the University of Wisconsin. Though it began as a local college newspaper, it became a national comedy institution and went online in 1996.


But the archives, which have previously been published in book collections, show the Onion’s humble, black-and-white origins. The early issues show the paper finding its footing and honing its dry comedic voice, a parody of USA Today style.

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