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January 26, 1775
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, January 26, 1775 This newspaper was published 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. Pinkney continued this title which just months prior was published by Virginia's first woman printer, Clementina Rind, noting in the masth... See More
November 20, 1776
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, November 20, 1776 By far the most significant content is found on page 3 as it contains an exceedingly significant--albeit brief & inconspicuous--report of an event known by any student of American history. In a letter dated Sept. 23 from New York is: "...Yesterday we hanged an officer of the Provincials who came as a spy...". Noting that t... See More
March 8, 1865
THE CRISIS, Columbus, Ohio, March 8, 1865 Among the front page reports is: "Inauguration of President Lincoln--His Address" which contains his address in full, ending with the immortal words: "With malice towards none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right...".
Page 4 has an editorial headed: "Lincoln's Inaugural"... See More
May 4, 1865
ILLINOIS STATE JOURNAL, Springfield, May 4, 1865 Obviously a damaged newspaper (see photos) however this is a newspaper from Lincoln's hometown, with coverage of his funeral & interment, and from the city where Lincoln was buried.
Although the front page has some content concerning the closing events of the Civil War and the trial of Lincoln's conspirators, the prime Lincoln con... See More
April 17, 1740
THE BOSTON WEEKLY NEWS-LETTER, "New England", April 10-17, 1740 This very rare title was the first successful newspaper in the colonies, having begun in 1704 and lasting until the British occupation of Boston in 1776. It was only preceded by "Public Occurrances Both Foreign and Domestick" which published just a single issue in 1690 before being suppressed & dest... See More
May 15, 1776
THE CONNECTICUT JOURNAL, New Haven, May 15, 1776 This is certainly one of the less common titles from the Revolutionary War, and nice to have an issue dated within 7 weeks of the Declaration of Independence. The front page has a wide variety of news reports including some items on the Revolutionary War. Bits include: "...account that on the 31st of Dec. the provincials attempted t... See More
January 7, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 7, 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. Rarely found today.
All of the front page is taken up with advertisements.
Page 2 contains a report headed: "From Rebel Papers, Charlestown, So... See More
November 6, 1779
THE PROVIDENCE GAZETTE & COUNTRY JOURNAL, Rhode Island, Nov. 6, 1779 Most of the first column is taken up with the details of a non-exportation act by the state of Rhode Island, similar to that enacted by Massachusetts & Connecticut. Included are the penalties for those found guilty. Also an act for: "...the Preservation of the Public Buildings in this State erected or improved ... See More
Item #654247GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1776 This issue begins with "Proceedings in the House of Commons..." which includes discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction as to have been able to inform you...that the troubles which have so long distracted my colonies in North America were at an end; and that my... See More
Item #654245THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1775 Inside contains a nice, detailed and historic account of the Battle of Lexington & Concord, prefaced with: "In our last magazine we gave an imperfect account of a skirmish that happened between a detachment of the King's troops & a body of the Provincials..." which is followed by the more detailed account reading in part:... See More
April 15, 1865
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, April 15, 1865 This newspaper had already set their front page Civil War reports when the news of Lincoln's assassination came in causing them to report the tragic news on an inside page.
The photos show the page four column heads stating that President Lincoln had been shot. Included are twelve dispatches which chronicle the events and provides various particulars based on ... See More
May 7, 1915
BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT, May 7 and 8, 1915 Two consecutive issues reporting the sinking of the Lusitania.
May 7 issue: The last column of the ftpg. is mostly taken up with headlines on the event including: "TORPEDO DESTROYS LUSITANIA" "Sunk Off Irish Coast by German Submarine--Assistance Is Sent" "Passengers Are Saved, According To Report" "Many Prominen... See More
November 1, 1873
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Nov. 1, 1873 Although there are many fine prints in this issue, likely the most desired is the very nice full page by Winslow Homer: "Dad's Coming".
Front full page Thomas Nast illustration of "Tammany Hall Will Whip Creation This Fall." Inside are two 1/2 page illustration pertaining to "The Manufacture of Iron" i... See More
June 2, 1860
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, June 2, 1860 The prime print in this issue is the three-quarter page illustration captioned: "The Slave Deck on the Bark 'Wildfire' Brought Into Key West on April 30, 1860." This print shows a huge number of slaves crammed on the deck. The balance of the page is related text on this slave ship, plus the facing page has additional text and 4 re... See More
July 4, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 4, 1863 Pages 2 & 3 have content reporting on the Battle of Gettysburg. Column heads include: "Latest from the Battle Field - Two More Battles" which includes two dispatches from General Meade. Also: "Unofficial Reports" and then: "The Fight Of Wednesday" & "A Fight at Carlisle".
Page 2 has ... See More
March 1, 1865
THE SOLDIER'S CASKET, Philadelphia, March, 1865 This is the volume 1, number 3 issue of a title about which little is known. There is no record of it in Mott's "History of American Magazines" and nor can I find information on the internet. It is recorded in "Union List of Serials" which notes that it is held by 8 American institutions. Two institutions make all is... See More
Item #642186GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, November, 1776 This issue begins with "Proceedings in the House of Commons..." which includes discussion on the Revolutionary War, including: "...Nothing could have afforded me so much satisfaction as to have been able to inform you...that the troubles which have so long distracted my colonies in North America were at an end; and that my... See More
April 19, 1906
THE CALL-CHRONICLE-EXAMINER, San Francisco, California, April 19, 1906 Destined to be--if not already--one of the premiere issues of the early 20th century.
See the photos below for the great headlines and reports found on the front page. Due to the destruction of the presses in San Francisco, these three separate & competing newspapers combined under one masthead for this issue, printi... See More
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