What Happened to
By the end of 2018, visits to the once-popular website
While new websites appear (and old sites disappear) every day,
- It survived about 22 years, pre-dating, for example, Google.com.
- In 2015 control of the site changed, from its roots as a niche hobbyist site, to a startup media company bent on becoming the next “History Channel”
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, then, did it disappear?
- During its early years (from October 1995 to May 2015) the site
was focusedon newspaper collectors
- Beginning around
June of 2016control of the site passed to a media company that describes their plans for the site as: "BuzzFeed meets Smithsonian."
The Early Years
What distinguished the website
In 1969, as he was purchasing and collecting as many old newspapers as he could find, Brown realized that he was running out of archival space. His next step? He became a collectible newspaper dealer, buying and selling newspapers through the mail.
In 1984 he founded the Newspaper Collectors Society of
As Brown was winding down Collectible Newspapers, he discovered the internet, and in October 1995, he launched
The site described itself as a “non-profit organization devoted to providing FREE primary source material for students, teachers, and history buffs. This site focuses primarily on HOW news of major, and not so major,
The Later Years (2015 - 2017)
Much of what we know about the transition of
The latest snapshot of
On Sep 5, 2015
Finally, on Oct 18, 2015 a new snapshot of HistoryBuff appeared with a new tagline “HistoryBuff.com: The Future of History” and more mainstream historical articles, such
Kardashiansof the 1850s
- How an Orphaned Bear Cub Became a Polish WWII Vet
- Donald Trump’s Grandfather Made His Fortune Selling Booze to Miners
One David Segura lists himself as the “Founder” of HistoryBuff.com on LinkedIn. He provides the following summary of the site: “HistoryBuff is a startup media company that can best
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What Happened to
HistoryBuff.com and why is it no Longer Available?
There are two mysteries for
- How did ownership change from
Rick Brownto David Segura?
- Why did David Segura stop publishing the site?
What follows is nothing more than informed speculation. In Dec 2018 we reached out to Tim Hughes, the newspaper collector who interviewed
"Rick and I were in touch several times a year over the past 40
One potential explanation
While that timeline roughly fits the snapshots from Archive
Perhaps a more likely (though still speculative) explanation is that David Segura bought HistoryBuff.com from
We have had no luck in determining why Segura stopped publishing