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December 7, 1641
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 7, 1641 The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News"." This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Théophraste Renaudot but with influential backi... See More
May 7, 1937
THE BOSTON POST--EXTRA--EXTRA--EXTRA, May 7, 1937 A very dramatic front page with a bold banner headline taking 3 lines: "HINDENBURG BLOWS UP--50 KILLED AND 50 SAVED, AIRSHIP FALLS IN FLAMES" plus a banner subhead and a large photo captioned: "The giant dirigible Hindenburg burst into flames and sank to the ground, a twisted, blazing wreck, early tonight has it was neari... See More
March 31, 1690
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY: RESOLVING WEEKLY ALL THE MOST NICE AND CURIOUS QUESTIONS PROPOS'D BY THE INGENIOUS, London, March 31, 1690 Notable title that used a question-answer format. Among the front page questions is: "Whether there be Witches? and what good Books have been written on that Subject?" with an interesting & lengthy answer carrying over to the back page. This qu... See More
October 26, 1929
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 26, 1929 The stock market crash of 1929 did much to define America for the next decade, resulting in the Great Depression and all the trauma relating to it. It seemed common for many newspapers to put a positive spin on the on-going tragedy, so front page reports often conflicted with the reality of the time.
Given that the stock exchange is in New York City, the... See More
May 15, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, May 15, 1735 As any serious collector of newspapers knows, it is exceedingly difficult to find any colonial American newspapers from before 1760, let alone an issue from 1736. It began in 1719 and only published through 1749. It was the very first newspaper in all of the Middle Colonies, and only the fourth newspaper published in all of the American... See More
November 1, 1811
COURRIER D'AMSTERDAM or the COURIER VAN AMSTERDAM, November 1, 1811 (No. 307) This was a daily newspaper published in Amsterdam during the French occupation of Holland. It is bilingual: half printed in French and half in Dutch. Two mastheads as well, one in each language.
In 1810 Napoleon Bonaparte annexed Holland to his empire, hence this newspaper being in two languages. This is... See More
February 5, 1684
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Feb. 5, 1684 (note that by today's calendar the year would be 1685) The top of the front page, set in larger-than-normal type, is a very timely and significant report on the ill health of the King. Indeed, he would die the day after the publication of this issue, February 6, which would be reported in the next issue of the London Gazette.
The full text... See More
January 14, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 14, 1778 This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat-of-arms.
Page 2 has a great account of the Battle of Bennington, being a near... See More
June 15, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, June 15, 1776 This was a decidedly Tory newspaper, supportive of the British efforts in America. This newspaper ended publication in June, 1778 when the British evacuated the city. Keep in mind also that this issue is dated less than 3 weeks before the Declaration of Independence.
The front page begins with an advertisement for pamphlet of a Loyalist r... See More
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