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December 22, 1774
THE VIRGINIA GAZETTE, Williamsburg, December 22, 1774 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 masthead: ... See More
December 4, 1881
THE TOMBSTONE EPITAPH, Arizona, Dec. 4, 1881 Few could argue for a more recognizable title from the Old West, nor could any town be more linked to the romance of the West than this one. Tombstone is steeped in Western lore, and the several movies done concerning the gunfight at the O.K. Corral have kept this town in popular culture. This issue was printed just five weeks after the famou... See More
May 15, 1735
THE AMERICAN WEEKLY MERCURY, Philadelphia, Feb. 24, 1735/6 The double year reflects the two calendars in use at the time. My today's calendar the year is 1736.
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... See More
December 30, 1871
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, December 30, 1871 The full front page is the famous Thomas Nast illustration of: "Santa Claus's Mail." which is very displayable.
Inside is a full pg. illus. of "Christmas in Virginia - A Present from the Great House." Full pg. illus. of "A Roman Catholic Mission from England to the 'Heathens' of America." Other unrela... See More
January 4, 1873
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 4, 1873 Certainly the most notable print is the great doublepage centerfold by Thomas Nast captioned: "The Same Old Christmas Story Over Again" showing two kids sleeping amongst their dreams. Santa Claus with his bag of toys is here as well.
There are many other prints in the issue but they pale in comparison to this great centerfold. A... See More
March 24, 1862
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, March 24, 1862 The most notable content within this issue is the very brief, but historic page 3 report of the death of Commodore (Admiral) Uriah P. Levy, the first U.S. Jewish Commodore, War of 1812 hero, and credited for abolishing the disciplinary procedure of flogging.
Among the war-related column heads inside are: "THE WAR FOR THE UNION" "ANOTHER ... See More
August 25, 1862
NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Aug. 25, 1862 On page 4 is one of the more famous letters from Abraham Lincoln, being his reply to Horace Greeley's editorial of August 20, "A Prayer of Twenty Millions", which urged emancipation. Lincoln replies in his letter with his famous quote: "My paramount object...is to save the Union, and it is not either to save or to destroy slavery. If I could... See More
March 5, 1841
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., March 5, 1841 Perhaps the best newspaper to be had on the inauguration of William Henry Harrison as the nation's ninth President, this being the premier newspaper from the nation's capital.
Most of page 2 is taken up with: "THE INAUGURAL ADDRESS of Gen. William Henry Harrison, March 4, 1841, On entering Upon the Duties of th... See More
November 28, 1863
ARMY AND NAVY JOURNAL, New York, Nov. 28, 1863 This is the volume one, number 14 issue of this military newspaper with subtitle: "Gazette Of The Regular And Volunteer Forces" as printed in the masthead.
Certainly the most significant content is that found on page 5 under the heading: "The Gettysburg Cemetery" which has some particulars of the dedication of it. Included i... See More
April 27, 1789
THE DAILY ADVERTISER, New York, April 27, 1789 Pages 2 and 3 have much reporting on the earliest days of the federal congress (first sat on April 6). At the end of their work of April 25 was preparation for the inauguration of George Washington, just 3 days away from the date of this issue. Text includes: "...laid before the house a report agreed to by the committee of both houses appoi... See More
August 9, 1851
THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, August 9, 1851 Page 5 contains what is perhaps the earliest print of the yacht named "America" (fully constructed) to be found, accompanying an article headed: "Arrival of the American Clipper Yacht 'America' of the New York Yacht Club". The article provides much detail on the yacht, beneath which is a print of it captioned: &... See More
July 3, 1863
RICHMOND ENQUIRER, Virginia, July 3, 1863 Not only a nice Confederate newspaper but one from the capital of the Confederacy. And one of the less common titles as well.
Most of the front page first column is taken up with: "Confederates In Pennsylvania" and "Harrisburg News". The former includes: "General Lee's army has occupied, without resistance, the flourishi... See More
Item #652813THE 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 (see) and includes a nice inset of a "Plan for a ... See More
July 1, 1768
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1768 Page 2 has "Interesting Advices from America" with a Boston report beginning: "Last Friday fe'nnight the officers of the customers made a seizure of a sloop belonging to John Hancock..." with more (see photos), followed by other reports of troubles in America.
On an inside page is an article titled: "Suprizing Pro... See More
April 4, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 4, 1865 First column heads on the front page about the fall of Richmond: "GRANT" "Richmond Ours" "Weitzel Entered the Rebel Capital Yesterday Morning" "Many Guns Captured" "Our Troops Received with Enthusiasm" "The City On Fire" "Petersburg Evacuated" "Lee and His Army in Full Flight" &q... See More
October 25, 1760
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Oct. 25, 1760 Only to be had in a London newspaper is this very rare, same-day report of the death of the king. At the top of the back page is a heading: "Postscript" with news recently received, the text noting: "This morning about seven o'clock, departed this life, at his palace at Kensington, his Sacred Majesty our most graciou... See More
October 17, 1679
DOMESTICK INTELLIGENCE Or News Both From CITY and COUNTRY, London, England, Oct. 17, 1679 A very early single sheet newspaper published by Benjamin Harris (his imprint appears on the bottom of the back page), the first newspaper printer in the colonies.
Harris spent several years in jail in London for libelous printing, and upon release he emigrated to America to continue his printing trade... See More
August 17, 1969
DAILY NEWS, New York City, August 17, 1969 If there were a collection of newspapers which defined the counterculture movement of the 1960's, this issue must be among them. The Woodstock Music Festival, late summer of 1969, brought the turbulent decade of the '60's to a close. Rolling Stone magazine listed it as one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock & roll. Th... See More
January 3, 1863
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., January 3, 1863 Page 2 contains the Emancipation Proclamation, from the city where it was issued.
The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation which changed the federal legal status of more than 3.5 million enslaved African Americans in the designated areas of the South from slave to free. As soon as a slave escaped the ... See More
Item #650864THE LONDON MAGAZINE, London, December, 1781 Certainly the most historic report in this issue--and perhaps in any issue from the Revolutionary War--is that near the back of the issue under "American Affairs". It is an "Extract of a Letter from Sir Henry Clinton to...George Germain..." dated at New York, Nov. 13, 1781, which has: "In my last dispatch...my fears r... See More
March 21, 1863
SOUTHERN ILLUSTRATED NEWS, Richmond, March 21, 1863 A very rare publication from the Confederacy, as relatively few issues have come into our inventory over the past 42 years. Although much of the content was literary in nature, there are news reports and a few illustrations.
The front page is entirely taken up by a print of: "Brigadier-General Thomas R. R. Cobb". Page 2 has an ar... See More
August 23, 1862
SOLDIER'S BUDGET, Humboldt, Tennessee, August 23, 1862 An extremely rare title being a "camp" newspaper printed by: "The Printers of the Twelfth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers" as noted in the masthead.
Camp newspapers where typically smaller in size than the city dailies as they were printed on presses that were small & portable, often traveling with the regiment... See More
December 7, 1941
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN, 1st EXTRA, Dec. 7, 1941 This is the "biggie", the issue announcing the bombing of Pearl Harbor most desired by collectors everywhere. A very well publicized newspaper but rarely found as a genuine issue.
See the photos for the terrific and historic headlines. This is the famous "1st Extra" edition being the earliest of the four editions published ... See More
September 22, 1922
THE NEW YORK TIMES, September 22, 1922
* America approves Jewish Homeland in Palestine
* President Warren G. Harding signs resolution
Page two has an historically significant report on the establishment of a Jewish homeland, albeit quite inconspicuous. Headed: "Harding Signs Palestine Motion", the report notes in part: "President Harding signed today the joint resolutio... See More
October 27, 1929
THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 27, 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
GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, May, 1775 The first five pages contain a nice account of Parliamentary discussion concerning the troubles in America, headed: "Governor Johnson's Speech on the Motion for an Address to His Majesty Respecting the Situation of Affairs in America..." continued from a previous issue. Terrific reading (see for portions).... See More
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Item #640142THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, Sept., 1777 Over 2 1/2 pages are taken up with: "Letter from Gen. Washington to Gen. Sir William Howe" from Middlebrook, June 10, 1777, signed by him in type: Geo. Washington. This is followed by another letter from Washington to Howe, which begins: "The fortune of war having thrown Major-General Prescot in our hands, I beg leave to propos... See More
November 1, 1666
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Nov. 1, 1666
* The great plague
* London fire report
Great content in this issue as the back page has a report concerning the rebuilding of London following the disastrous Great London Fire of less than two months previous, reading: "Sir George Moore, with some other Proprietors of houses lately demolished by the Fire in Fleet Street, having prayed li... See More
September 7, 1776
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER, Philadelphia, Sept. 7, 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.
One-third of the front page & nearly half of page 2 are taken up with An ORDINANCE for the Appointment of Justices of the Peace for the State of Pennsylvania" which... See More
January 3, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, January 3, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
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 engravin... See More
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