Saturday, January 06, 2007

Old news paper....


"old news paper...surat khabar lama..."complete with background music, the tune is of coz Chinese song but compared to the previous style this one is better..no more irritating "surat khabar lama!!" from their van..or knock on the door on lazy Saturday afternoon.
When the government first started of this recycling campaign, there were ad on tv and my sister who was still in school then used to sing along to the tune..."oli paper....." instead of old news paper.

During art class old new paper was one of the most important material, where we will mixed it with glu / kanji to make a plate, fruit or animal...it was messy with sticky kanji and wet newspaper everywhere but of coz that is the best thing coz we could used both of our hand compared to just normal drawing and sketching.
In the olden days news paper were multipurpose, people back then were creative enough to cover their timber wall, instead of expensive wall paper they used old news paper..with roman or jawi paper. I remember laying on the wooden floor staring at the circular solid timber column with reports on jawi and the paper has turn yellow...it shows the age of the material.

I like old news paper, not because I'm an environmentalist..but simply becoz of the smell and colour of the paper...especially 15 or 20 years dusty old paper from any old house...maybe it does not worth as high as King Tut's treasure or any precious manuscript from an ancient valley...but the sight of yellowish newspaper makes me lost in my own world...amazed by content, the layout and an old version font...and of coz newspaper is also a form of documentation of our civilization...31st August 1957 newspaper is the most precious edition and May 69 must be the most sensetive.........


Maybe I should keep every 7th April edition of newspaper....or every significant day of my life


This is actually from my previous entry last year, found this December 1976 Majalah Wanita at Tok's house in Kuala Sala.

7 comments:

Kak Teh said...

aaaah, our house used to be the place for suratkhabarlama until itbecame a joke. seriously, I did some work at the british library a few years ago and had the opportunity to handle and film old old newspapers such as jawi peranakan. I feel quite priveleged/ and also old old mags and comics from alaysia. i think perhaps even we dont have some of thesecopies and the oens atthe brotish library are still in pristine condition.

sue said...

kak teh, i envy you...kat sana they have proper documentation, i remember kalau kat msia maybe newspaper cutting je yg i pernah jumpa, itu pun kat uum..museum tak sure pulak

simah said...

u r so rare sue! .. to love old newspapers.. i rarely know people with such interest..

the thing about newspaper is...u get them everyday.. with not enough space (esp if u r living in a flat n there r too many books all around)..space is a problem..
it doesnt stop my dad in law though.. but then he has the whole big flat all to himself.. he can afford to keep clippings..:0)

on the contrary.. i try to throw whatever papers i have hehehe..:0)
do u keep urs or do u do as i do as well?

sue said...

simah, takdelah rare sangat...

i start minat masa sekolah, masa tu mana ada internet, so semua info rely on newspaper..mom always cut any interesting pictures for me, i pulak ada scrap book utk comic clipping,scenery...newspaper lama best sbb byk segment yg i minat especially they have column dedicated to local painter (dlm pancaindera) every week, pastu ada pasal arkeologi..skrg ni semua tu dah takde, yg byk pun IT...

i tak simpan semua,mana yg penting..tak cukup tmpt juga :-)

anggerik merah said...
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anggerik merah said...

Sue,

when is the little angel expected to arrive? I am looking forward & excited too...

Hope not too late to wish happy new year.

U take care.

sue said...

AM,
revised due date is on the 1st Feb..hari wilayah/thaipusam..

happy new year to you too :-)