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Columbus Free Press Collection Audiovisual Series
Description: Photograph showing ComFest vendors at a booth set up along the street, likely in June 1980, taken for the Columbus Free Press. Their sign reads "Middle Earth Terrariums." ComFest, short for "Community Festival," is an annual volunteer-run event in Columbus, Ohio, first organized in 1972. The festival was originally put on by a group of local progressive organizations including the Columbus Free Press, the Columbus Community Food Co-op, the Open Door Clinic, and others; it is now an independent non-profit. The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.” In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: MSS1301AV_B02F10_02
Subjects: Festivals; Civic organizations; Social services--Ohio; Columbus (Ohio)--History;
Places: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)