For more than 70 years, a 32-page passport with a dark blue cover, with the lion and unicorn crest in gold was the identification UK citizens needed to leave their island. After Brexit, one of the most urgent and vital questions remained: Could the blue passport come back?
In 2012, the Encyclopaedia Britannica announced that, after 244 years, fifteen editions and selling more than 7 million sets of its volumes, it was going out of print. The 32 volumes and 44 million words of the 2010 edition were its last.
Remember those fuzzy school handouts in purple? The ones that came with the complimentary side-effect of a hangover? Sadly gone. Geography lessons will never be the same.
Bashful brides or canny cohabitors? Probably neither
The online newspaper The Independent used to be a dead-tree version, too. Is this a path other titles may be forced to take?
CD-ROMs were the flavour of the 1990s. What happened to them?
Birthday cards for girls once conveyed very different messages than they do today. (Even if the colours haven’t changed much.)
In the days when you submitted stuff to magazines by post, the article would either get published or be returned to you with a little printed slip.
Published by the BBC, the main aim of The Listener was to disseminate talks and lectures broadcast by the BBC. The title of the magazine reflects the fact that, at the time, you had to listen to the BBC because it only broadcast on the radio.
This month marks the gradual demise of the printed Yellow Pages. Will you keep your last edition as a souvenir copy? Or as a handy back-up for when the entire internet is down and you need a plumber?