Minor items: 1905-1989

Back in the heyday of print newspapers, editors sometimes collected a number of short news items together and titled the assemblage with a headline suitable only for the 1st item. Presumably, this was done so as to not waste space (ink and paper) with multiple headlines.

I have found information about California condors buried in these “piles” of news. While that condor news is itself useful, I also value the historical context for the condor news that is provided by the other items in the set.

For this post, I provide 5 such examples of “minor items” bundled together into a single article. The examples come from 3 newspapers and span nearly a century.

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Maps of Los Padres National Forest: 1925-2012

During the middle decades of the 20th century, all California condors depended on habitat found within the Los Padres National Forest. This national forest was key to the survival of the species.

With that in mind, I collected 7 maps of the Los Padres National Forest published by the federal government’s Forest Service. These are maps intended for the public. They reveal something of the “multiple uses” management of the forest, including the designation of areas for the condor. More importantly, because they include supplementary information about the forest, the maps serve as guides to the forest, including its most famous avian residents.

So here’s a look at these maps.

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The contents of that well-named journal: 1900-1999

At the end of the 19th century, the Cooper Ornithological Club (COC) decided to change the name of its publication from the Bulletin of the Cooper Ornithological Club to the Condor. There is no doubt that the California-based organization of bird scientists and enthusiasts had the California condor in mind in renaming its journal.

How much in the journal Condor has been about the California condor? When the journal includes content relevant to its avian namesake, what is that content’s focus? This post is a preliminary look at these 2 questions.

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