Since our archive went live yesterday, we’ve had a striking response through email, comments and Twitter. The Spectator Archive has been in the making for a long time, and given the obvious problems with recognising scanned pages (the system is pretty good at recognising 1840s typefaces, but not brilliant) we weren’t sure how popular it would be.
But the facility to read the page for oneself meant it went down a storm — and the quality of the copy trumps all. Here are some of the treats, old and new, that have been dug up:
Besides finding all these articles, here is what people have to say about the archive itself:
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