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July 11, 1863
DAILY RICHMOND EXAMINER, Virginia, July 11, 1863 Not only is this a nice newspaper from the Confederacy, but it is from the Confederate capital.
The front page includes: "Charleston" "Yankee Agents In England" "The Courts" "City Intelligence" "Prisoners" "Sale of Negroes in Georgia" with a list of names, ages and prices--fascinatin... See More
Item #661455THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1772 Certainly the most notable item in this issue is the very nice foldout map titled: "A Map of Part of WEST FLORIDA" from Pensacola to the Mouth of Iberville River, with a View to shew the Proper Spot for a Settlement on the Mississippi." The map shows much detail and includes a nice inset of a "Plan for a New Se... See More
January 4, 1862
PENNSYLVANIA THIRTEENTH, Camp Tennally, D.C., January 4, 1862 It was not uncommon for various regiments to publish their own little newspaper during the Civil War, typically done on small, portable presses. This is issue #7 of such a newspaper which lasted but 14 issues, done at Camp Tennally near Washington, D.C. by the Thirteenth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, "...by the Pittsburg ... See More
April 15, 1865
CLEVELAND MORNING LEADER, Ohio, April 15, 1865 The top of the front page has dramatic one column heads: "ASSASSINATION!" "Of PRESIDENT LINCOLN!!!" "He is Shot Through the Head While in the Theater" "Wound Pronounced Mortal!" "Secretary SEWARD Also "Assassinated!" "Escape of the Assassin".
The front page has various dispa... See More
April 6, 1776
PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, April 6, 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.
Half of the front page is a letter signed by: A Settled Citizen" which relates to England and mentions in part: "...the late remarkable event of the British troops eva... See More
September 7, 1682
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, September 7, 1682 Rarely are we able to offer exceedingly historic events which are reported with such brevity, simplicity & inconspicuousness. But here is one.
The back page has a one sentence item datelined "Deale, Sept. 2" which reads: "Two days since sailed out of the Downs three ships bound for Pensilvania, on board of which was Mr. Pen w... See More
March 18, 1778
PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 18, 1778 This was a strongly Tory newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia. The first column of the front page has a "Proclamation" issued by General Howe that includes in part: "It being necessary, that a plentiful supply of...fresh provisions...be... See More
May 7, 1937
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Missouri, May 7,1937 The front page features the iconic photo of the Hindenburg when it burst into flames, captioned: "Just before flames completely enveloped the Hindenburg." and headed: "Exploding Dirigible Collapsing in Crash"
The headline notes: "30 DEAD, 68 GRAVELY INJURED IN WRECK OF THE HINDENBURG" Subheads include: "C... See More
October 31, 1938
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, Missouri, Oct. 31, 1938 The top of the front page has a two column photo of Orson Wells headed: "Radio Listeners Alarmed by Fictional Broadcast of Attack by Men From Mars" The article is headed: "Widespread Panic Caused by H.G. Wells Thriller---Telephone Offices Swamped, Many Persons Leave Homes." Also: "Communications Board Investigating Bro... See More
November 10, 1938
NEW YORK WORLD-TELEGRAM, Nov. 10, 1938 A two-line banner headline announces what was to become known as Kristallnacht, the "night of broken glass".
"MOBS WRECK 10,000 JEWISH SHOPS IN NAZIS' 14-HOUR REIGN OF TERROR" with subheads: "Burn Synagogues All Over Nation As Police Watch". The article carries over to page 33.
This was a delibe... See More
July 7, 1876
THE NEW YORK HERALD, July 7, 1876 Page 2 has some very nice first column heads reporting the Custer massacre, including: "THE MASSACRE" "The Gallant Cavalry Leader's Death Officially Confirmed" "Names of the Killed, Wounded and Missing Officers" "An Interview With General Sheridan" "A Mistake, for Which He Paid the Penalty of His Life"... See More
August 1, 1863
SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, August 1, 1863 The front page features a nice print of: "Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett" with the balance of the front page taken up with a lengthy & detailed biography of him (see for portions). Included in this biography is his involvement at the Battle of Gettysburg: "...At the late battle of Gettysburg, Pickett's Division displayed... See More
November 5, 1776
THE LONDON EVENING-POST, England, Nov. 5, 1776 A full column on page 3 is taken up with a letter from General Howe to Lord G. Germaine dated at "York Island, Sept. 21, 1776". It begins with an historic report: "I have the satisfaction to inform your Lordship of his Majesty's troops being in possession of the city of New York. Upon the rebels' abandoning their lines at ... See More
September 6, 1863
THE DAILY REBEL, Chattanooga, Tennessee, June 18, 1863 An extremely rare broadside newspaper and a great title for a Confederate newspaper.
This is the vol. 1 number 270 issue of a title which began August 1, 1862. This issue is dated from just prior to the Confederate invasion of the North and the Battle of Gettysburg.
This is a folio size newspaper having 4 pages, however much as we have... See More
November 10, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 10, 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 a great article headed: "Ford's New Theatre" which includes in part: "This evening the distinguished young actor, Mr. J. Wilkes Booth, appears at teh above-... See More
Item #659913THE LONDON MAGAZINE, London, January, 1774 Near the back under the heading: "America" is a nice report datelined "Boston, Dec. 20", being a detailed account of what we now know as the Boston Tea Party. The entire text is seen in the photos below, with portions including: "...assembled at the Old South Meeting House to enquire the reason of the delay in sending the sh... See More
July 15, 1779
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, July 15, 1779 A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This is the volume 1, #18 issue.
The entire front page & most of the back page are taken up with what one scholar calls: "...one of the most remarkable debates of the Revolution... See More
August 28, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, August 28, 1781 Half of page 2 is taken up with a letter from Major General Green in which he officers much on the Siege of Ninety-Six. Additional reports carry over to page 3 with much more detail on the military events in South Carolina. One item begins: "...a party of horse, headed by Sad Hampton, came down unexpecte... See More
July 5, 1863
THE NEW YORK HERALD--EXTRA, July 5, 1863 A terrific and quite graphic issue on the Battle of Gettysburg with nearly a full front page column of heads concerning the battle, including a nice patriotic graphic (see). Note that most of these heads are actually in the Herald issue of July 6, but this being a large date "Extra" issue, they were simply held over for the following day--te... See More
April 4, 1865
NEW YORK SEMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE, April 4, 1865 One of the middle columns of the front page announces one of the more significant events of the Civil War with: "VIRGINIA ! " "GLORIOUS NEWS ! " "Richmond Is Ours!" "Evacuation of Petersburg!" "Tremendous Fighting!" "Lee's Entire Army Is Routed" and more. Above the column heads is a ni... See More
December 22, 1877
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Dec. 22, 1877 Page 2 has an extremely significant article headed: The Talking Phonograph" which begins: "Mr. Thomas Edison recently came into our office, placed a little machine on our desk, turned a crank, and the machine inquired as to our health, asked how we liked the phonograph, informed us that it was very well, and bid us a cordial good night. ... See More
Several accounts of Bunker Hill, Washington becomes commander-in-chief, Gage's famous Proclamation. In a Virginia newspaper...
July 15, 1775
VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, July 15, 1775 This newspaper was published by Dixon and Hunter, a distinction to be made since there were three newspapers of this title printed in Williamsburg during the early period of the Revolutionary War. A very rare opportunity for a scarce title from colonial Virginia.
When it comes to the military events of the Revolutionary War, I'm not su... See More
July 11, 1771
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL & THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, July 11, 1771 This newspaper features one of the larger & more decorative masthead engravings to be found in a colonial America newspaper.
A terrific issue on the trouble with the Regulators of North Carolina, as more than half of the ftpg. is taken up with a fine letter signed by: James Hunter, the leader of the ... See More
September 11, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, September 9-11, 1783 An extremely historic issue, as the front page begins with a report taken from the London Gazette of the day prior announcing the signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace, formally ending the Revolutionary War.
It reads in part: "On Saturday night last, capt. Warner arrived with the Preliminary Articles between his Majesty and ... See More
October 24, 1929
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 24, 1929
* Stock market crash of 1929
* Wall Street, New York City
Of the several dates of the prestigious "Times" which reported the Stock Market Crash in late October this was the very first. The top of columns 1 & 2 on the front page have a 3 line head reading: "PRICES OF STOCKS CRASH IN HEAVY LIQUIDATION, TOTAL DROP OF BILLIONS&... See More
Item #642110GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1776 The first article has five pages on: "Debates in the Present Parliament" which includes much on the situation in America (see for the beginning).
This issue includes a lengthy article (3+ pages) on Captain Cook and the: "Resolution's Voyage on Discovery to the Southern Hemisphere". Accompanying this article is a rare full... See More
July 16, 1789
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 16, 1789
* President George Washington
* First inauguration (historic)
Certainly one of the more desirable events to have in a period newspaper is the first inauguration of George Washington. American issues with such content are virtually unobtainable today, and reports in any newspapers worldwide are extremely uncommon.
Here is a nice report of t... See More
April 13, 1882
RED WING ARGUS, Minnesota, April 13, 1882 Page 2 has an article headed: "End of a Notorious Outlaw" which begins: "Tremendous excitement was caused at St. Joseph, Mo., on the 3d inst., by the announcement that Jesse James, the notorious bandit & robber had been killed at his temporary residence in that city. The news spread with great rapidity..." with much more.
Det... See More
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