I've been coding stories from 1952 for the last two days, which is 25 years earlier than any other stories I've worked on. I'm really fascinated by the differences in the New York Times' style, tone, and language from then to now. Journalists used to use very flowery prose, and they didn't shy away from thinly-veiled opinion, assumptions, stereotypes or ethnocentricities. Take a look at these selections -
July 29, 1952
Accordingly, the advent of Mr. Ghavam and the four bloody days of his Premiership were attributed to the Americans. At best, this was pure exaggeration.
Resentment has grown because of the numerous United States officers, officials, and experts in Teheran, whose mode of living is ostentatious. The average Iranian thinks these Americans live and act like princes.
Another problem is that Iran is a Moslem land and alcohol, according to the Moslem faith, is evil and associated with the infidel. Americans are almost never seen outside working hours without something to drink. American women appear in public in what must seem to the Moslem as indecent clothing.
September 9, 1952
The new cabinet’s meeting was also the first time an Army general had occupied the Premier’s chair. There was a short break at midnight for sandwiches.
November 10, 1952
Several thousand Vietminh troops were hurled last night into assaults on five French and Vietnamese posts.
November 28, 1952
Communism, using its peace partisans’ neutralist tactic, has made long strides here in consolidating its strange but effective alliance with extreme nationalism, it is indicated in evidence gathered on the details of the sanguinary riots of the last week-end and the events leading up to them.