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April 5, 1968
THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, Georgia, April 5, 1968
* Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassination
* 1st report w/ nice headline for display
* The city where he was born and raised (rare)
The front page features a nice banner headline announcing: "King Shot, Dies in Memphis; 4,000 Guards Sped to City" with subheads and 2 related photos. (see) Much related content on the front page... See More
April 10, 1865
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, April 10, 1865 Nice heads at the top of the first column report the surrender of General Robert E. Lee essentially ending the Civil War. Report includes the various correspondence between Generals Lee and Grant as they negotiated the terms of the surrender. As seen in the photos the heads include: "VIRGINIA ! " and "LEE SURRENDERS" both in larger-than... See More
November 9, 1864
NEW-YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 9, 1864 A very significant & displayable issue on Lincoln's second elecdtion as President, with the top of teh first column having heads including: "THE VICTORY" "Lincoln Re-Elected" "He Has Nearly All The States" "All New England For Him" "New-York Close But Pretty Sure" "New Jersey For McClellan&qu... See More
August 22, 1919
THE ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, August 22, 1919 This issue features as a banner headline one of the more historic moments in the history of the Coca-Cola Company, when Asa Chandler, the man who bought the original formula from founder John Pemberton and propelled the company to national prominence by the 1890's, sold the company to Ernest Woodruff and an investor group for $25 million. The bus... See More
July 24, 1863
THE DAILY EXPRESS, Petersburg, Virginia, July 24, 1863 Petersburg was a critical city to the Confederacy, located not far south of the capital of Richmond, and the focus of a six month long siege which ended in early April, 1865, when Lee withdrew his troops from Petersburg and urged Jefferson Davis to remove the capital from Richmond. The war would end shortly thereafter.
This is an uncomm... See More
February 21, 1918
NEW YORK TIMES, February 21, 1918 Here is a terrific report for any Notre Dame fan. A small one column head in the bottom half of page 12 announces: "NEW NOTRE DAME COACH" "Rockne Appointed to Succeed Harper as Athletic Director" which tells of the hiring of Knute Rockne as the new coach for the Fighting Irish. Rockne would put Notre Dame on the map as a football powerhou... See More
February 21, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 21, 1778 This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
The entire front page is taken up with ads. Page 2 has a nice letter datelined "Williamsburgh, Dec. 19" which includes: "I arrived l... See More
Item #636186GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, January, 1778 Of great significance is the very nice foldout map headed: "Map of Hudson's River with the Adjacent Country", which shows from Crown Point & Ticonderoga, south to Philadelphia, & also from Long island to Lake Ontario (see), with considerable detail. This map measures 9 1/2 by 12 1/2 inches and is in very nice condition.
T... See More
July 13, 1782
THE ROYAL GAZETTE, Charleston, South Carolina, July 13, 1782 Certainly a most rare title, this being just the second issue we have offered in our 40 years in the hobby. This title is the continuation of the "South Carolina & American General Gazette" which began in 1764, but when the British captured Charleston during the Revolution War in May, 1780, the Gazette was... See More
Item #631736THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1790 Near the back of this issue is one of the more historic naval report of the 18th century, since romanticized by the famous movie, giving a fine account of the mutiny on board the ship Bounty. The report is headed: "Several Memorable Events have lately happened at Sea, which for their Singularity & Importance are worthy to be recorded.&... See More
Item #630494THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1759 A very nice issue from during the French & Indian War with war-related content as well as other news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.
Among the prime articles in this issue... See More
January 30, 1855
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Jan. 30, 1855
* New Orleans slave auction
* Great descriptive account
The first column of page 3 contains an incredibly graphic eye-witness account of a slave auction by one totally unfamiliar to such a scene. His comments are both objective & horrific as he relays what he sees. Datelined at New Orleans, he notes near the beginning: "I have just returned fro... See More
March 4, 1774
CONNECTICUT JOURNAL & NEW HAVEN POST-BOY, March 4, 1774 Two-thirds of page 2 are taken up with a report from Charleston beginning: "...we have had several alarming accounts of hostilities committed by the Creek Indians against his Majesty's subjects in the province of Georgia..." with much detail. Pg. 2 also has an item from Falmouth, Mass: "Many people being apprehens... See More
Item #621218GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, September, 1752 Despite the 48 pages of text within this issue the prime content is certainly the full page plate captioned: "A View of the State House in Philadelphia" which would later be known as Independence Hall (see). This is a print of this famous building 24 years before it would become much more famous.
This is one of the earliest prints ... See More
January 1, 1942
THE BLISSVILLE SUN, Blissville, Maryland, (no date)
* Very rare movie prop issue
We've all seen newspapers used as props in movies, typically with a headline relating to the plot of the movie. Obviously created exclusively for the production of the movie, they are quite rare and seldom come on the collector's market--particular issues from the "golden age of Hollywood&qu... See More
July 21, 1735
THE NEW-YORK WEEKLY JOURNAL, July 21, 1735
* Earliest of American newspapers to be had
This is the very rare & early newspaper printed by John Peter Zenger who, just 8 months earlier was arrested for the critical comments he made in his newspaper about a decision made by the British Governor of New York, William Cosby. The result was a famous libel case in which Zenger was acquitte... See More
February 7, 1935
THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR, Boston, February 7, 1935
* Very 1st use of the term "Ivy League"
* Collegiate athletic conference
* Harvard, Yale, Brown, Princeton, etc.
* One of a kind item here ?
Page 6 contains a rather mundane, one column article headed: "Brown Seems to Have Been Taken Into 'Ivy League' " but it is significant for being the very first ... See More
November 11, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 11, 1775 Most of the front page is taken up with a lengthy document concerning the Pennamite-Yankee War, an intermittent conflict between settlers from Connecticut, who claimed the land along the North Branch of the Susquehanna River in the present Wyoming Valley, and settlers from Pennsylvania, who claimed the same lands (see hyperlink for more). ... See More
April 21, 1865
THE CALEDONIAN, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, April 21, 1865
* Abraham Lincoln assassination (1st report)
* Ford's Theater - John Wilkes Booth
Being a weekly newspaper this issue has a first report of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Pages 2 and 3 have all column black-bordered with a rather dramatic one column headline: "President Lincoln ASSASSINATED ! " "Attempt T... See More
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