Nova Scotia Archives digitizes Canada’s smallest newspaper

Billed as “Canada’s Smallest Newspaper” — and perhaps even the world’s smallest — The Tiny Tattler was published intermittently in Central Grove, Digby Neck (Digby County), Nova Scotia, from 1933 to 1943.

While many issues are only four to eight pages, they contain obituaries, articles about who was visiting from out of town, and other local news, such as school trustee business and names of members.

The digitized issues, from 1933-1936 and 1938, on Nova Scotia Archives’ website were donated by the family and arrived bound in yearly increments, each with a hand-decorated cover. The archives doesn’t indicate who the family was. Perhaps the donors were descended from the newspaper’s owners.

Printed on a small press with hand-set type, the Tattler began with 18 subscribers and built to over 5,000 at its peak, across Nova Scotia and beyond. A variant title, The Tiny Telegram, was also published by Shortliffe Print in Caledonia, Queens County, beginning in 1938.

The first page in the March 1933 issue of The Tiny Tattler is like a printed version of Facebook, providing reports on people’s health and who was out of town visiting family. Source: Nova Scotia Archives.

According to Nova Scotia Archives, “The Tattler continues to generate interest in the local news, advertisements and perspective it provided 75 years ago.”

The collection cannot be searched by keyword, only browsed. Visit the Tattler collection here.

Nova Scotia Archives maintains a collection of digitized newspapers on its website.

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Posted On: May 21, 2021 at 06:06AM