CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Chuck Hamsher has always been a big fan of newspapers, collecting several papers through the years.
Until recently, he’d wondered what he would do with them. He still has piles of old newspapers in the back of his store, the Purple Moon, in Charleston.
“I think it is a benchmark event for the city since there will no longer be two papers,” he said of the recent combination of The Charleston Gazette and Charleston Daily Mail into the Charleston Gazette-Mail. “I’ve had these for a while and wasn’t sure what to do with them. With the merger, I thought it would be good to look back at the two papers.”
For Thursday’s ArtWalk, 10 framed Extra editions of the former Gazette and Daily Mail will be on display at the Quarrier Street shop. People can view the exhibit, “A Look Back at a Two Newspaper Town,” from 5-8 p.m. They will be on display for at least a month. People also may purchase the papers.
“All the ones on display are in pristine condition,” he said. “I have accumulated these over the years. I have piles of old newspapers in the back. These are all special, however, because these are the Extra edition…