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November 3, 1948
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 3 and 4, 1948 See the photo for what is arguably the most recognizable headline of the 20th century: "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN". Even those not remotely knowledgeable about historic newspapers are familiar with this headline as it appeared in countless history books, historical reviews of the 20th century, and presidential campaign and election reports. I... See More
June 25, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, San Francisco, California, June 25, 1870 This is a very fascinating newspaper, borne in the ingenious mind of a publisher who decided to take a small printing press on board the first transcontinental railroad excursion and publish 6 issues westbound and 6 issues eastbound. Printed on a Gordon press in the baggage car, it is considered the very first newspaper compos... See More
June 18, 1862
THE CHRISTIAN BANNER, Fredericksburg, Virginia, June 18, 1862 This is certainly one of the more rare newspapers from this Confederate state. This newspaper began in 1848 but ceased publication in 1862. Its editor, James Hunnicut, was a minister of a Free Will 'Union' congregation, was considered to be quite eccentric. As the war neared he became an outspoken Unionist and locals force... See More
November 9, 1864
NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 9, 1864 This issue has a great front page, as it is taken up, in its entirety, with the election results for the presidency. Among the great first column heads are: "VICTORY ! " "Glorious Result Yesterday" "Election of Lincoln and Johnson" "Terrible Defeat of McClellan" "The Union Triumphant" "New York for Lincoln an... See More
April 15, 1865
THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 15, 1865 Not only this event but this title remain among the most desired by collectors; a very significant event in American history reported by one of the most respected newspapers in the country.
The first column heads tell it all: "AWFUL EVENT" "President Lincoln Shot by an Assassin" "The Deed Done at Ford's Theatre Last Night"... See More
Item #636777THE AMERICAN MUSEUM, Philadelphia, September, 1787 This title, along with the "Columbian Magazine", has the honor of being the first successful American magazine, both published in Philadelphia. The Museum was published by Mathew Carey and existed from January, 1787 thru the end of 1792. He was very proud of his subscription list which contained the names of the most famous men in ... See More
Item #636698THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1746 Certainly the prime content in this issue is the quite large foldout map titled in the ornate cartouche: "A New Chart of the Coast of NEW ENGLAND, NOVA SCOTIA, NEW FRANCE or CANADA with the Island of Newfoundland, Cape Breton, St. John's, etc...". The map show much great detail of this portion of present-day Canada, from Labr... See More
Item #636688GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1779 This issue leads off with reports on the debates in Parliament, which include discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...the conduct of the army under the command of Gen. Howe; he seized the opportunity of painting in the blackest colours the ingratitude of the Americans; & concluded with exhorting the House to unanimity in p... See More
Item #636687GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1775 A very historic issue as it contains the first report on the battle of Bunker Hill, which is signed in type: Thomas Gage. This report takes nearly an entire page and begins: "I am to acquaint your Lordship of an action that happened on the 17th of June instant between his Majesty's troops and a large body of the rebel forces. An alarm was... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1752 An inside page has an extremely significant article titled: "A Cut and Description of a Machine, easily constructed, for making the Experiment by which Franklin's new Theory of Thunder is demonstrated" with descriptive text showing how this experiment works. Each piece of the illustration is identified as well. A great and ear... See More
February 22, 1776
NEW-ENGLAND CHRONICLE OR ESSEX GAZETTE, (Cambridge), Feb. 22, 1776 The top of the first column begins with a report from Cork that: "...there has been commotions amongst the soldiers who are to embark for America; that a great numbers of them have deserted & that several of the officers who are absent have sent letters to acquaint their officers that they shall not join their regime... See More
October 21, 1775
THE CRISIS, London, England, October 21, 1775 In our over 40 years of dealing in rare newspapers We have rarely had the great fortune to encounter issues of this title. This extraordinary paper is one of the most bitter political sheets to be found, issued in London both in defense of American liberty and their cause for independence, as well as to attack the policies of the King of England.... See More
September 11, 1776
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, Sept. 11, 1776 Nearly half of the front page is taken up with a Resolve from Congress which provides for those soldiers injured in the course of duty, signed in type by the President of Congress: John Hancock. Much of the balance of the front page is taken up with a letter by William Falconer concerning the plight of the soldiers who have been trapped on L... See More
November 25, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Nov. 25, 1775 Page 2 has: "...Lord North's motion for a reconciliation with the Americans..." dated Feb. 20, 1775, which is followed by his explanation of it, in all taking most of a column. It includes: "The Tea-act also will be repealed if asked for."
Page 3 has a lengthy letter signed by William Franklin, governor of New Jers... See More
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