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April 13, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, April 13, 1775 This is by John Pinkney, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. Purdie and Dixon published a paper of this title, and then a third title which began in early 1775 was begun by Alexander Purdie after leaving the paper mentioned above. T... See More
September 10, 1785
PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Sept. 10, 1785 An extremely notable issue on trade with China which began in 1784. Page 2 begins with a lengthy letter signed in type by Samuel Shaw, and is prefaced with: "The following is a letter to Mr. Jay from Mr. Shaw who went in the ship Empress of China to Canton, as commercial agent for the owners. It contains an interes... See More
November 29, 1794
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Nov. 29, 1794 Over half of pg. 2 & a bit of pg. 3 are taken up with Washington's: "Address" to Congress, being his state-of-the-union address, signed by him in script type: Go. Washington. This offers a great overview of the events of 1794.
The ftpg. has 2 items regarding relations with France, one letter beginning: "The Convention having d... See More
September 24, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Grenada, Mississippi, Sept. 24, 1862 If the title and city of publication seem to be in conflict, they are not. This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War. Memphis was a Confederate stronghold up through the Battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862, at which time the Yankees moved in and it became a Yankee city. Being a strong voice for the Confederacy, ... See More
November 21, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., November 21, 1863 One of the better Gettysburg Address issues we have offered as it is printed in this famous newspaper from the nation's capital.
This historic report of the dedication of the national cemetery begins by detailing some of the particulars of the afternoon, headed: "The Ceremonies At Gettysburg" "Consecration ... See More
January 3, 1863
NEW YORK HERALD, Jan. 3, 1863 The front page is dominated by a very large Civil War map headed: "THE GREAT BATTLE IN TENNESSEE--Scene of Gen. Rosecrans' Battle Around Murfreesboro..." with related front page heads.
But the prime content is on page 4 where almost an entire column is taken up with: "IMPORTANT" "THE PROCLAMATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATE... See More
May 12, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 12, 1860 The front page has a print of: "The Republican Wigwam At Chicago, Illinois, In Which the Republican Convention Will Be Held, May 16, 1860". This was the event at which Abraham Lincoln would go from near obscurity to a position of prominence in American history.
The doublepage centerfold is a terrific print captioned: "Prominen... See More
November 5, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 5, 1863 A terrific issue with one of the more ironic twists of history, and only to be found in a newspaper from Washington, D.C.
Near the top of the front page is an article headed: "Ford's New Theatre--The Lady of Lyons". The writer reports on this production of "The Lady Of Lyons" which includes: "...Mr. J.... See More
July 17, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 17, 1863 Not only is this a nice Civil War newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
The front page has various war-related content, including items headed: "The News" and a lengthier report: "Spies In The South" and other related items, but certainly the prime front page content is the report headed: ... See More
August 12, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, August 12, 1783 Under the heading: "American News" on page 6 and concluding on page 8 is the complete printing of "A Circular Letter from his Excellency GEORGE WASHINGTON, Commander in Chief of the Armies of the United States of America, dated June 18, 1783." (The actual document is dated June 8th, however the British reports note the 18th.)... See More
October 29, 1929
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 29, 1929 Of the several dates of the prestigious "Times" which reported the Stock Market Crash in late October this may well be the most famous, as it is the issue selected for inclusion in the popular coffee table book: "One Hundred Years of Famous Pages from The New York Times".
The recognized front page headline reads: "STOCK PRICES SL... See More
November 3, 1948
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 3, 1948 See the photos 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.... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1746 Included is a nice prelude to better content yet to come in this issue, although significant as well, being a detailed report headed: "Carlisle Attack'd by the Rebels", one of the more noteworthy battles in the Jacobite Rebellion, and very near its end. This article takes over 2 pages and is "To be continued".... See More
March 14, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER: OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, March 14, 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 first column of the ftpg. includes a "Proclamation" issued by General Howe that begins: "It being necessary, that a plentiful supp... See More
August 17, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, August 17, 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.
The front page has an: "Eight Pounds Reward" ad for the return of 4 soldiers who deserted their military service, with much detail (see). Page 2 has a lengthy de... See More
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