Newspapers became much cheaper in the 1900s. The stamp tax, advertisement duty and paper tax which previously applied to newspapers was finally removed. Provincial regional newspapers in this period were often only printed weekly. They were produced from a ‘cut and paste’ mix of news articles from London, local stories and regional advertisements.
On Saturday 16 March 1901 the Tamworth Herald reported a case of fraud heard at Marylebone Magistrates Court against an individual identified as 60-year old Catherine Coome. Coome had married several times and had been working as a cook on a P&O liner for several years ‘without [their] true sex being discovered’. Throughout the report Coome is only referred to by a female identity. The male identity that they had lived with their entire life, and led to the trail, is completely erased by the article.