Total Eclipse of the Sun

2001-94.2

2001-94.2

To mark the solar eclipse tomorrow (20th March), the busy Beamish collections team have found this gem produced for a similar eclipse on Wednesday 29th June 1927. This ‘Ecliptoglass’ sun shield has been very carefully protected in our stores (or every now and then it’d fall apart), and was issued by the Journal and North Star newspaper.  The user would hold the dark celluloid strip up to their bright eyes to ‘safely’ view the eclipse, though when we think about the damage that could do to your sight we get a little bit terrified…

Turnaround...

Turnaround…

Sadly we won’t be able to use the ‘Ecliptoglass’ tomorrow as there really is no safe way to look directly at an eclipse, but it’s certainly an interesting example of a newspaper not missing an opportunity for self-promotion!

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