The National Library of Scotland's online collection of nearly 1,800 broadsides lets you see for yourself what 'the word on the street' was in Scotland between 1650 and 1910. Crime, politics, romance, emigration, humour, tragedy, royalty and superstitions - all these and more are here.
Each broadside comes with a detailed commentary and most also have a full transcription of the text, plus a downloadable PDF facsimile. You can search by keyword, browse by title or browse by subject.
The Word on the Street may be found at http://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/.
I especially liked "Sale of a Wife" shown on the home page. Click on the image to see a larger image. It reads, "A full and particular Account of the Sale of a Woman, named Mary Mackintosh, which look place on Wednesday Evening, the 16th of July, 1828, in the Grass Market 'of Edinburgh, accused by her Husband of being a notorious Drunkard; with the Particulars of the bloody Battle which took place afterwards."
More information about this broadside, including a large PDF mage and a transcription, may be found at http://digital.nls.uk/broadsides/broadside.cfm/id/15971.