The Waldesian Newspapers of 1937
Collection Emile Favre
In partnership with the Cantonal and University Library of Lausanne
An incredible panorama of the Waldesian press 80 years ago
An almost complete collection of copies of vaudois newspapers from 1937 will be presented by the editor and the collector Emile Favre in la Maison du blé et du pain of Echallens from next October 27th until April 15th, 2018.
Exactly 80 years ago, an unknown hand collected conscientiously all the copies of Waldesian newspapers talking about the inauguration of the big room of the castle of Echallens and the presentation, on the occasion, of the play Alienor from René Morax. Twenty-two copies in total, carefully folded, piled and tied up with a copy of the program of the party.
Forty years later, the precious pile of newspapers is for sale at the challensois second-hand goods dealer's called «Père Gallay». And it bangs in Emile Favre's eye, typographer and already fascinated by printings in any kinds. «In reality, at the time of the purchase, it is especially the festive notebook with all its local advertisements that I had spotted», admits him, who wasn't, at that time, not still publishing newspapers L'Echo du Gros-de-Vaud and Clin d'il yet.
Thus, the newspapers remained hidden in their pile forty additional years; until Emile Favre sorted archives a few months ago and rediscovers his treasure. «By looking closer at what contained this pile, I discovered all these titles, witnesses of the past of the Waldesian press». For someone working for fifty years in this area, the emotion was so strong that he immediately had the desire to share his discovery with the largest number.
Thanks to a complementary research work performed by Maria Favre and passed on to the Cantonal and University Library, 17 additional copies of newspapers from that period could complete the «collection Alienor» and offer an almost complete panorama of the very diversified vaudoise press in 1937. The exhibition also contains thematic shop windows, as for example the one dedicated to the titles that disappeared during these last years.
With lots of disappeared or merged titles, all witnesses of the past, this unusual collection is presented at la Maison du blé et du pain with a temporary exhibition: «Waldesian newspapers in 1937».