What is a Broadside?

Posted on January 28th, by Robin Hopkinson in broadsides. Comments Off on What is a Broadside?

The historical type of broadsides were ephemera (temporary documents created for a specific purpose and intended to be thrown away.)
They were one of the most common forms of printed material between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly in Britain, Ireland and North America.

Alternate definition: side of a ship; the battery of cannon on one side of a warship; or their simultaneous (or near simultaneous) fire in naval warfare.

Broadsides usually were for:
-news information
-text of ballads

Current uses of the word ‘Broadside’ :
– a comic called Broadside
– George Mason University official student weekly
– transformers character
– bookshop
– tvshow

Massachusetts Historical Society
Library of Congress
Duke University
Brown University
American Antiquarian Society
Harvard Law



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