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678516

Mark Twain gains his "first national headline"....

Item #678516

September 29, 1866

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 29, 1866 



* Early Mark Twain - Samuel Clemens

* Clipper "Hornet" disaster report

* First national headline for Twain




The most notable content would be the full page print: "Burning of the California Clipper 'Hornet', One Thousand Miles from Land" not so much for the print but for the accompanying article titled: "Bu... See More  

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678483

H.H. Holmes..... 1st U.S. serial killer....

Item #678483

July 26, 1895

THE GLOBE, Bethlehem, Penn., July 26, 1895



* H.H. Holmes - Herman Webster Mudgett

* Infamous "Murder Castle" in Chicago


* America's 1st serial killer



The top of page 3 has a one column heading: "MRS. CONNER'S MURDER" with subheads. (see) Coverage on the recent murders by H. H. Holmes, who is considered to be America's first serial killer.

Complete with 4 p... See More  

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678477

Travis's desperate letter: victory or death at the Alamo...

Item #678477

April 13, 1836

NEW YORK AMERICAN, April 15, 1836  Page 3 has a lengthly letter which is preceded by a note stating: "...the following letter being the last written by Col. Travis before the assault & capture of the Alamo of Bexar."

Then the very historic & desperate letter signed in type: Wm. B. Travis, datelined: "Comandancy of the Alamo, Texas, March 3, 1836" in which he menti... See More  

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678473

Two great accounts of the Battle of the Alamo...

Item #678473

April 12, 1836

NEW YORK AMERICAN, April 12, 1836  Page 3 has what musty be one of the best accounts of the historic Battle of the Alamo we have offered.

The report takes two-thirds of a column and is headed: "The Fall of Bexar--The Entire of the Troops In Garrison Put To Death--Cols. Crockett and Bowie Killed!" And the text begins: "Sir,--Bexar has called! Its garrison was only 187 strong, c... See More  

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678468

Early report on Jedediah Smith's explorations in the West...

Item #678468

November 13, 1827

THE STATESMAN, New York, Nov. 13, 1827  This is one of the desired reports collectors seek in early newspapers, being an early mention of a then-obscure name which would become well know years later.

The front page has over three-quarters of a column taken up with a report of Jedediah Smith, was an American transcontinental pioneer, frontiersman, hunter, trapper, author, cartographer, and ex... See More  

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678449

First African-American lawyer...

Item #678449

July 11, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 11, 1844  Page 3 has a small & inconspicuous report which is notable in African-American history.

Headed: "A Colored Lawyer" it reports that: "Mr. Macon B. Allen...a colored gentleman, whose application for admission to the bar in April last...was...refused on the ground that the applicant was not a citizen of Maine....subsequ... See More  

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678448

The Irish Potato Famine...

Item #678448

September 17, 1845

THE GLOBE, London, England, Sept.17, 1845  Page 4 begins with a report on the historic Irish Potato Famine headed: "The Potato Crop". The subheads include: "The Potato Blight" "The Potato Crops In Ireland" "The Potato Crops in France" and: "The Potato Blight". Reporting takes half a column. One report begins: "...we grieve to say it,... See More  

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678447

The Irish Potato Famine...

Item #678447

September 19, 1845

THE GLOBE, London, England, Sept.19, 1845  Page 4 begins with a report on the historic Irish Potato Famine headed: "The Potato Crop" with news items from Ireland and Scotland.

The report notes near the beginning: "We regret much to learn...that the disease in rthe potato, first noticed in Belgium & France, has been traced too clearly too extend to ... See More  

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678446

The Irish Potato Famine...

Item #678446

October 14, 1845

THE GLOBE, London, England, Oct. 14, 1845  Page 4 has a quite lengthy report on the historic Irish Potato Famine, noting near the beginning: "Ireland, there is reason to fear, is approaching to a state which will excite in the breasts of Englishmen more lively emotions...The accounts from the different districts of Ireland respecting the potato crops are such as cannot fail to ... See More  

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678445

The Irish Potato Famine...

Item #678445

October 16, 1845

THE GLOBE, London, England, Oct. 16, 1845  Page 4 has a report on the historic Irish Potato Famine, beginning: "The accounts received this morning from Ireland respecting the disease in the potato crops of that country are most afflictive..." with much more.

Included also is the "Supplement" issue, on the front page of which is a related article.

Six pages in total, good... See More  

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678444

First Major League Baseball game ever played...

Item #678444

May 05, 1871

THE CHICAGO TIMES, May 5, 1871  The back page has some excellent, inning-by-inning reporting on baseball's very first Major League game.

The National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was formed in New York City in 1871.  Each team was to play a best-3-of-5 series with each other team, and the best team would be able to fly a pennant for a year.
The honor of
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678443

On the Fifteenth Amendment...

Item #678443

April 09, 1870

BALTIMORE WEEKLY SUN, April 9, 1870  The front page has an entire column reporting on the celebration regarding the passage of: "The Fifteenth Amendment" allowing African-American men the right to vote.

Four pages, some discrete archival mends, good condition.

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678441

Earliest Florida newspaper we have offered...

Item #678441

May 04, 1822

THE FLORIDIAN, Pensacola, May 4, 1822  Not only is this the earliest Florida newspaper we have offered, it is a volume 1 issue of the earliest title in Pensacola, and one of the earliest newspapers in all of Florida.

Its desirability is more in its early date than in its content, which has typical news reports. Most of the front page is taken up with a very detailed: "Report To Accompan... See More  

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678440

The earliest newspaper from Illinois we have offered...

Item #678440

June 05, 1819

EDWARDSVILLE SPECTATOR, Illinois, June 5, 1819  This is the earliest newspaper from Illinois we have offered. Not only that, it is eleven years earlier than the previous earliest newspaper from this state. And it is the volume 1, number 2 issue. Keep in mind that Illinois just became a state six months previous.

It is notable that the two volume reference work "History & Bibliograph... See More  

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678439

From the Territory of Oregon...

Item #678439

April 14, 1857

THE OREGON STATESMAN, Salem, Oregon Territory, Dec. 12, 1854  It is rare that we are able to offer territorial newspapers from Oregon (joined the Union in 1859) but here is one.

The front page has: "The Oaths & Obligations of the Know-Nothings" as well as various reports from the: "Oregon Legislature". 

Four pages, scattered foxing, good condition.

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678438

Treaty of Ghent ends the War of 1812...

Item #678438

February 22, 1815

INDEPENDENT CHRONICLE, Boston, Feb. 22, 1815  The top of the front page has the historic report of the end of the War of 1812, with column heads: "A Seat To The Peace!" "Cessation Of Hostilities". The letter signed in type by: James Monroe, includes: "It is with great satisfaction that I have to inform you that a Treaty of Peace was concluded between the United States... See More  

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678437

One of the best accounts of the 'Bloody Benders' we have found...

Item #678437

May 13, 1873

NEW YORK TIMES, May 13, 1873 



* Bloody Benders

* Cherry Vale, Kansas

* Corpses discovered




The front page has 1 1/2 columns taken up with an excellent and uncommonly lengthy report of the "Bloody Benders" with the discovery of their victims.

The top of a column is headed: "THE KANSAS MURDERS" "Narrative of the Horrible Crimes of the Bender Family--Discovery of... See More  

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678435

Winslow Homer's famous Snap The Whip...

Item #678435

September 20, 1873

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Sept. 20, 1873  Certainly the prime feature of this issue is the much desired Winslow Homer doublepage centerfold: "Snap the Whip". As the photos show, this print is in very nice condition.

Front page features a 1/2 page illustration entitled: "The New School Mistress." Inside is a full page illustration of "Saved!" A article "... See More  

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678433

The President's state-of-the-union address, from the nation's capital...

Item #678433

December 03, 1850

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 3, 1850  Taking all of the front page & part of page 2 is the President's annual state-of-the-union address, signed in type at its conclusion by: Millard Fillmore. It is headed: "The Message".

As was typical with this annual tradition, President Fillmore reviewed the events of the year addressing the broad scope of work which c... See More  

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678432

The newly invented telegraph described...

Item #678432

November 13, 1844

THE DAILY GLOBE, Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, 1844  Page 3 has a wonderful article on the newly invented telegraph, headed: "Morse's Magnetic Telegraph" and which begins: "We annex an article...relative to this wonderful discovery. It transmits information from this city to Baltimore and back again, a distance of 80 miles, almost instantaneously, and quicker than two persons ... See More  

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678431

The Embargo Act...

Item #678431

December 30, 1807

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, Dec. 30, 1807  Page 2 has the full text of the historic Embargo Act, headed: "EMBARGO" "An Act Laying an EMBARGO on all Ships and Vessels in the ports & harbours of the United States" signed in type by the President: TH: Jefferson.

This controversial act that essentially banned trade with foreign countries such that no foreign ships were pe... See More  

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678430

The Seminole Indian War and Andy Jackson...

Item #678430

December 24, 1818

RICHMOND ENQUIRER, Virginia, Dec. 24, 1818  This issue has a wealth of reporting on the: "Seminole War", as the top of a front page column is headed. But the coverage carries over to take over half of page 2 as well and includes no fewer than 8 letters signed in type by: Andrew Jackson

Four pages, minor tears at the margins, generally good.

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678429

The new telegraph is installed in the Capitol...

Item #678429

May 29, 1844

PROVIDENCE DAILY JOURNAL, Rhode Island, May 29, 1844  Page 2 has an interesting article on the development of the telegraph by Samuel Morse, with a small heading: "The Electro Magnetic Telegraph". It begins: "Morse's Electro Magnetic Telegraph now connects between the Capitol at Washington and the Railroad Depot in Pratt..." with more on this.

Four pages, good conditi... See More  

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678428

Beginning of the Republican Party: nomination of their first Presidential candidate...

Item #678428

June 19, 1856

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 19, 1856  A very historic issue for the Republican party as it reports their first Presidential nominee, John Fremont. The newly created political party held the prohibition of slavery as the principal issue of their platform.

The top of page 4 has a nice print of: "Col. John Charles Fremont" with the following text, taking a full column then carrying over to... See More  

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678427

The historic Dred Scott Decision, on the front page..

Item #678427

March 07, 1857

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, March 7, 1857  A very historic issue as the front page begins with: "Important From Washington" "Decision of the Supreme Court in the Dred Scott Case" "The Ordinance of 17878 and the Missouri Compromise Declared Unconstitutional".

This text takes half a column and includes the historic ruling by the Supreme Court, which begins: "The op... See More  

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678426

Livingstone is found, reported in the newspaper which financed the search...

Item #678426

May 21, 1872

NEW YORK HERALD, May 21, 1872  James Gorden Bennett, this newspaper's publisher, capitalized on the 19th century fascination with Africa & the whereabouts of explorer Dr. David Livingstone by hiring journalist Henry Stanley to search for him. Livingstone had ventured to Africa in 1865 for a two year expedition with little heard from him since.

So it is of no surprise that the Herald ... See More  

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678425

News from the Mexican War...

Item #678425

May 18, 1847

RICHMOND ENQUIRER, Virginia, May 18, 1847  Page 2 has two columns taken up with various reports from the Mexican War. 

Four pages, some old tape mends on page 2, and some discrete archival mends at margins, minor margin tears.

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678424

Detailed account of the murder of Elijah Lovejoy...

Item #678424

November 21, 1837

NEW YORK AMERICAN, Nov. 24, 1837  The front page contains nearly an entire column concerning the murder of Elijah Lovejoy. It begins with a brief report headed: "The Alton Murders" with some text introducing a very lengthy letter from the Major of Alton which has much detail on the attack and murder.

Famed abolitionist & newspaper publisher Elijah Lovejoy was killed by a pro-sl... See More  

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678423

Detailed account of the murder of Elijah Lovejoy...

Item #678423

November 21, 1837

NEW YORK AMERICAN, Nov. 21, 1837  Page 2 has letter datelined at Alton, Illinois, Nov. 8, the city where Elijah Lovejoy was murdered and from the day after the event.

Famed abolitionist & newspaper publisher Elijah Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery faction angry over Lovejoy's anti-slavery editorial stance. Lovejoy is considered an early martyr to the anti-slavery movement.

Thi
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678422

From the Territory of Oregon...

Item #678422

April 14, 1857

THE OREGON STATESMAN, Salem, Oregon Territory, April 14, 1857  It is rare that we are able to offer territorial newspapers from Oregon (joined the Union in 1859) but here is one.

The front page has four Proclamations, each signed in type by the President: Franklin Pierce. Various other news & ads of the day.

Four pages, nice condition. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.... See More  

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678421

Wonderful issue with three accounts of the Battle of San Jacinto...

Item #678421

June 11, 1836

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., June 11, 1836 The middle of the front page has a notable report datelines from: "Head Quarters, Camp on the Jacinto" dated April 22, the day after the Battle of San Jacinto, noting in part: "Now that victory is certain...On the evening of the 21st...our gallant countryman charged the Mexican camp with the tyrant Santa Ana at their head. In 3... See More  

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678416

Samuel Morse and the invention of his telegraph...

Item #678416

July 04, 1844

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., July 4, 1844  The prime content would be the 1 1/3 front page columns taken up with: "Morse's Magnetic Telegraph" which is a great article on Samuel Morse's invention of the telegraph. The article ends with a very prophetic statement: "...We cannot close this notice without expressing our conviction that among the most important... See More  

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678415

The Mexican-American War...

Item #678415

November 23, 1847

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Nov. 23, 1847  The ftpg. has: "The Great Fremont Ride--The Californian Horse". Inside has: "Dispatches From the Army--Report of Colonel Childs" which takes over 2 columns. Also more on: "The Court Martial In the Case of Lt. Col. Fremont".

The back page has the continued: "Reports of the Commanders of Divisions to th... See More  

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678414

Much mention of Kit Carson in the mutiny trial of John C. Fremont...

Item #678414

December 18, 1847

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 1847 Page 2 has nearly two columns taken up with reports concerning the court martial of John Fermont for mutiny & other charges, including a letter signed in type: J. C. Fremont.

Pages 2 & 3 have much on the Mexican War headed: "The President's Message--No. III".  And the back page has more on the: "Army Court Mar... See More  

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678413

Earliest newspaper we have from Texas...

Item #678413

April 13, 1848

THE TEXIAN ADVOCATE, Victoria, Texas, April 13, 1848  Texas has always been among the states from which it is very difficult to fine pre-Civil War newspapers. This issue is the earliest Texas newspaper we have, and from the historic town of Victoria, some 30 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico.

Although pages 1 and 2 have various reports from the closing moments of the Mexican-American War,... See More  

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678412

Dissenting opinion of the Supreme Court on the Dred Scott decision...

Item #678412

March 12, 1857

THE DAILY UNION, Washington, D.C., March 12, 1857  One of the best newspapers to find reports on the historic Dred Scott Decision, being a paper from the home of the Supreme Court. 

Page 2 has most of a column taken up with an editorial headed: "The Dead Scott Case" which begins: "On the 6th instant the Chief Justice of the United States delivered an elaborate opinion of ... See More  

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678411

First women's rights conference... "Declaration of Sentiments"...

Item #678411

September 02, 1848

THE HOME JOURNAL, New York, Sept. 2, 1848  On the sixth page of this issue is a report the very first "Woman's Rights Convention" as the article is headed. This was the historic Seneca Falls Convention, held in Seneca County, New York, "...to discuss the social, civil and religious condition of their sex...".

At the event what became known as the Declaration of S... See More  

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678410

Death of President Zachary Taylor, with his last words...

Item #678410

July 10, 1850

DAILY OHIO STATESMAN, Columbus, July 10, 1850  The top of a page 3 column--which is black-bored from top to bottom-- has: "Death Of Gen. Taylor" noting in part: "The President of the United States died last night at 35 minutes past 10 o'clock. His death was calm and peaceful...the attending physicians, and the family of Gen. Taylor surrounded his bedside. Gen. Taylor's ... See More  

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678409

The first newspaper printed in Minnesota...

Item #678409

July 03, 1851

THE MINNESOTA PIONEER, St. Paul, Minnesota Territory, July 3, 1851  Not only is this likely the earliest Minnesota newspaper we have offered, but this was the very first newspaper to print in Minnesota. It began publishing in 1849, and not only was this the first newspaper printed in Minnesota, it was the first piece of any printing done in the territory. It would remain under this title... See More  

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678408

The invention of the telephone... Alexander Graham Bell...

Item #678408

October 21, 1876

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 21, 1876  Page 8 has a report of an invention that would change society forever: the telephone. From this humble beginning the world of communication was born (although the telegraph preceded this), one which dominates our world to this day.

The article, near the top of the page, is headed: "Audible Speech By Telegraph" with subheads: "Prof. A. Graham Bell... See More  

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678406

Report of a sale of slaves in Charlotte...

Item #678406

November 02, 1844

PORTSMOUTH JOURNAL, New Hampshire, Nofv. 2, 1844  The front page has an article: "A Picture of Slavery" being a letter from Charlotte, beginning: "The sales of negroes continue at every Court day, and it is to be feared will continue for some time to come. As many as 70 were sold at the last Charlotte Court..." with more.

A political notice on the ftpg. & another on p... See More  

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678395

Lengthy speech by Mark Twain...

Item #678395

September 18, 1874

WORCESTER EVENING GAZETTE, Massachusetts, Sept. 18, 1874  The front page has an article: "Mark Twain" "His New Play, 'The Gilded Age' " with the article almost entirely taken up with a speech by Twain on opening night of the play. Fine reading.

Four pages, large folio size, a bit irregular at the blank spine from disbinding, nice condition. Folder size noted is fo... See More  

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678394

Great color print of Admiral Dewey...

Item #678394

September 30, 1899

SATURDAY GLOBE, Utica, New York, Sept. 30, 1899  This title used color prints on many of its front pages in the late 19th century. This is a special one featuring a large, color print of "Admiral 

George Dewey" who was heralded in a homecoming parade in New York City.

First column heads celebrate the event: "HAIL TO THE CHIEF ! " "New York's Proud Reception... See More  

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678393

Fifteenth Amendment is ratified: it becomes the rule of the land...

Item #678393

March 31, 1870

THE EVANSVILLE JOURNAL, Indiana, March 31, 1870  The top of the third column has: "OFFICIAL!" "Proclamation By The President!" "Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment!!" "Colored Men Legal Voters" which is followed by the text of the Proclamation by the President, beginning: "It is unusual to notify the two Houses of Congress by message of the pro... See More  

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678392

Wonderful & early report on Sutter's Mill...

Item #678392

June 21, 1844

NEW YORK AMERICAN, June 21, 1844  Page 2 has one of those little gem reports collectors seek: very early mention of a name that would be notable years later.

There is mention of a letter which says in part: "...enclosing the following letter from Don Augustin Sutter, the Alcalde [magistrate in a Spanish town] of the new town of New Helvetia, situated on the river Sacramento, one of the ... See More  

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678389

Bi-lingual newspaper from Panama, well before the canal...

Item #678389

May 15, 1873

STAR & HERALD, Panama, May 15, 1873  An interest newspaper published at San Jose, Panama containing a wealth of local news. A bilingual newspaper has half is printed in Spanish. 

This as well before the Panama Canal, but there are ship & shipping related ads as Panama was a very popular overland route to the Pacific.

Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, good condition.... See More  

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678387

Great prints of the Centennial Exposition...

Item #678387

July 04, 1876

THE STANDARD, Chicago, July 4, 1876  This is the: "Centennial Edition" as noted below the dateline, with a great front page illustration of: "Centennial Memorial Hall, or Art Gallery" at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia.

Included is four page "Supplement" edition which has a very detailed, half page illustration of: "The Centennial Exhibition Groun... See More  

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678386

The 2nd Army-Navy football game...

Item #678386

November 29, 1891

THE WORLD, New York, Nov. 29, 1891  Page 8 has one column head reporting on the second Army-Navy football game: "THE ARMY BEATS THE NAVY" "Annapolis Football Lads Lose to the Gallant West Pointers" "Twas A Great Surprise To Five Thousand Spectators" plus additional subheads. Included is a nice illustration of the Army team and lineups. Army wa... See More  

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678385

P. T. Barnum on the front page...

Item #678385

March 23, 1872

THE CHICAGO TIMES, March 23, 1872  The top of the first column on the front page is an illustrated advertisement for "P. T. Barnum's Great Traveling Museum & Menagerie" with details.

Eight pages, untrimmed margins, minor foxing, good condition.

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678384

Reporting the big event--the East and West have been joined...

Item #678384

May 11, 1869

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 11, 1869  The front page has 1 1/2 columns taken up with this historic reporting of the completion of the transcontinental railroad which officially happened the day before.

The top of the first column has heads: "THE PACIFIC RAILROAD" "The Official Announcement of Its Completion". It includes this rather famous dispatch from Leland Stanford of the C... See More  

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