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

Item #693347

November 20, 1894


* re. H.H. Holmes arrest

* Herman Webster Mudgett

* 1st U.S. serial killer

The top of page 7 has a one column heading: "'Holmes' And Mrs. Pitezel" with subhead.  (see) Coverage on the recent arrest and indictment of H.H. Holmes, America's 1st serial killer.

Complete with all 10 pages, light toning, minor spine wear, g... See More  

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

Item #693254

October 31, 1895

HELENA EVENING HERALD, Montana, Oct. 31, 1895

* H.H. Holmes - Herman Webster Mudgett

* America's 1st serial killer trial ending

* Chicago murder castle

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "THE HOLMES TRIAL" with subheads. (see) Coverage at the end of the trial against H. H. Holmes for murder. Holmes is considered to be America's first serial killer. Nice t... See More  

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1976 Rock band "Queen" sold out ad...

Item #693245

February 16, 1976

THE VILLAGE VOICE, New York, (weekly), Feb. 16, 1976 

* 1st "Queen" North America concert tour review

* "A Night at the Opera" "Bohemian Rhapsody"

* Beacon Theatre - New York City

As most might be aware "The Village Voice" was an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly. It introduced free-... See More  

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Boxer John L. Sullivan as a wife abuser...

Item #693073

June 12, 1883

THE EVENING NEWS, Detroit, June 12, 1883

* John L. Sullivan wanted by police

* "Boston Strong Boy" spousal abuse

* Heavyweight bare knuckle boxing champion

The front page has an article headed: "'Knocked Out' In One Round" "Prof. Sullivan's Latest Achievements" (see) Reports the famous boxer who is wanted by the Boston police for abusing his wife.

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1866 Fenian raids...

Item #693049

June 02, 1866


* Capture of Fort Erie - Ontario

* Fenian invasion of Canada

* Fenians Brotherhood raids

The front page has one column headings: "WAR" "Revolution In Canada" "The Fenian Invasion" "FORT ERIE CAPTURED"  and much more. (see) Text takes up the entire front page and ends on the back page.

Other news of the day soo... See More  

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1899 Battle of Ladysmith, Natal...

Item #693044

November 02, 1899

THE EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, Nov. 2, 1899

* Battle of Ladysmith

* Second Boer War

* Colony of Natal


The top of the front page has a two column headline: "ENGLISH OVERWHELMED LADYSMITH INVESTED" with subheads. (see) Surprisingly this issue is in good condition being from the "wood pulp" era. Very hard to find issues that are not totally fragile from this era in... See More  

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Rare 19h century women's suffrage newspaper...

Item #693016

April 07, 1888

THE WOMAN'S JOURNAL, Boston, April 7, 1888

* Rare publication

* Women's suffrage

Rare women's suffrage paper founded in 1870, produced by--among others--Lucy Stone, Alice Blackwell, Julia Ward Howe, and Mary Livermore. Published: " the interests of Woman, to her educational, industrial, legal & political Equality, & especially to her right of Suffrage" as ... See More  

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Roentgen's x-ray discovery...

Item #692961

January 25, 1896

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Jan. 25, 1896 

* Discovery of the X-ray

* Wilhelm Roentgen

Page 3 has: "Professor Rontgen's Wonderful Discovery" (Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen) which is reporting of his discover of the x-ray.

Other topics throughout.

Sixteen pages, minor spine wear, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: In late 1895, Röntgen was determined to test his i... See More  

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Cook was the first to reach the North Pole?

Item #692923

September 02, 1909

THE OMAHA BEE NEWS, Nebraska, Sept. 2, 1909 

* Frederick Cook reaches North Pole

The top of a ftpg. has a one column heading on the controversy of Cook being the first to reach the North Pole, not Peary: "AMERICAN FIRST AT NORTH POLE" with subheads. (see)

Twelve pages, evenly toned, some fraying at the right margin, a little other margin wear, this issue is fragile and must b... See More  

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1880 Leadville, Colorado booming...

Item #692860

February 15, 1880

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, Feb. 15, 1880

* Leadville, Colorado on the rise

* Silver mining boomtown

This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 2 has an article headed: "Growth Of Leadville" "An Old Mining Camp and a New City" and more. (see) Text takes up just over a full column.

This issue is not fragile as newsprint bac... See More  

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Nellie Bly and her competition...

Item #692825

January 18, 1890


* Nellie Bly - American journalist print

* Around the World (during)

Inside has a nice 5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch portrait of "Nellie Bly", plus a similar-sized portrait of  "Miss Elizabeth Bisland", and caption: "The Attempt To Make The Circuit Of The Globe In Seventy-Two Days--Portraits Of The Rival T... See More  

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Uncle Sam political cartoon... Georgia Bulldogs coached by Pop Warner...

Item #692811

January 02, 1897

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 2, 1897 

* Early Georgia Bulldogs college football

* Their 1st undefeated season - Pop Warner

The front page has a full page political cartoon which includes Uncle Sam by W. A. Rogers titled: "Getting Monotonous". Two full pages with many photos of: 'The Revolt in the Philippine Is., Scenes in Manila'. One-third pg: 'Bird'... See More  

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Nebraska becomes the 37th state in 1867...

Item #692807

March 02, 1867

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 2, 1867 

* Nebraska statehood achieved

The back page has: "A New State - Nebraska Admitted To the Union - By the President of the United States: A Proclamation" with the full text of the document formally admitting Nebraska into the Union as the 37th state, signed in type: Andrew Johnson (see).

Eight pages, great condition. ... See More  

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Roentgen's x-ray discovery... Early bicycle...

Item #692802

February 08, 1896

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, February 8, 1896  The second page of this issue contains "Prof. Roentgen's Discovery" (Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen) which is of the further reporting of his discover of the x-ray. The frontpage of this issue contains "New Harlem River Bridge and Park Avenue Improvement, New York City" which contains an accompanying article inside. Additio... See More  

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1874 Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden expedition w/ map...

Item #692759

August 16, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, August 16, 1874

* Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden

* Colorado - Rocky Mountains

* Surveying expedition

The top of page 7 has one column headings that include: "Professor Hayden's Expedition" "A Delightful March Through the Heart of the Rocky Mountains" and more. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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From the "heyday" of Asbury Park, New Jersey...

Item #692756

August 10, 1888

THE DAILY PRESS, Asbury Park & Ocean Grove, New Jersey, Aug. 10, 1888 

* From this tourist mecca of the 19th century
* Famous hotels in illustrated ads

An interesting newspaper from these once-famous vacation meccas on the Jersey coast, containing various news of the day with an emphasis on tourism-related items. Page 2 has: "History of Asbury Park" taking ov
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The coal towns of Pennsylvania... Close of the Wirz trial...

Item #692746

October 15, 1865

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 15, 1865

* Mauch Chunk - coal regions

* Henry Wirz - Andersonville trial

Pages 2 and 3 contain an unusually lengthy article on small mining towns in north eastern Pennsylvania, with articles headed: "The Coal Regions--Mines at Jeddo, Ebervale, Harleigh, Minersville..." "Hazletown [Hazleton] and Its Surroundings...Mount Pleasant, Stockton, Ashburton...&quo... See More  

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Bannock War of 1895...

Item #692669

July 24, 1895

HELENA EVENING HERALD, Montana, July 24, 1895

* Jackson Hole, Wyoming - valley

* Bannock War - Indians - Native Americans

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "A FIGHT AT NOON" with subheads. (see) Uncommon publication from the old West.

Complete with 8 pages, light toning and a minor wear at the margins, generally good.... See More  

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Goingsnake massacre shootout..

Item #692638

April 29, 1872

THE NEW YORK HERALD, April 29, 1872

* Goingsnake massacre

* Cherokee Nation - Oklahoma

* Official report of the event

The top of page 5 has one column headings that include: "THE CHEROKEE BUTCHERY" "Thirteen Men Killed in Three Minutes" and more. (see) Text takes up almost a full column.

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.... See More  

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1875 Oshkosh, Wisconsin fire disaster...

Item #692385

April 30, 1875


* The great Oshkosh, Wisconsin fire (1st report)

The top of the front page has one column headings that include: "A BURNING CITY" "Oshkosh In Flames" "Extensive Destruction of Business Houses" "Hundreds Of People Homeless" and more. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, minor irregularity along the spine, generally ver... See More  

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"Through Inland Waters"... Howard Pile... boat on the Erie Canal...

Item #691890

June 01, 1896

HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York, June, 1896  Within this issue is: "Through Inland Waters", written and illustrated by Howard Pile, and includes many scenes of inland waterways within the United States. Among them is a great illustration of a canal boat on the Erie Canal. Also present are sketches by A.B. Frost, R.C.W. (Richard Caton Woodville), and others. See imag... See More  

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Brigham Young's son...

Item #691837

August 24, 1876

FRIENDSHIP WEEKLY REGISTER, New York, Aug. 24, 1876  The top of page 3 has a report noting in part: "John Y. Young, second son of Brigham Young of Utah, was visiting here with his wife among her friends...He had two other wives at one time but we believe is divorced from them now...".

Page 2 begins with an illustrated political notice supporting Rutherford B. Hayes for President.

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Famous frontier scouts appearing on stage...

Item #691820

April 10, 1873

NEW YORK TIMES, April 10, 1873 

* Buffalo Bill - William F. Cody

Inside has: "Colonists For The West - Departure of 76 English Farmers for Minnesota" "Warning To Highwaymen" "More Kuklux Outrages--A Tax Resisting Assoc. Organized" "

Page 7 has an interesting advertisement for "Niblo's Garden" at which are appearing: "Hon. W. F. Cody... See More  

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1874 Red River War...

Item #691818

August 30, 1874

NEW YORK HERALD, Aug. 30, 1874

* Red River War

* John w. Davidson

* Native Americans - Indians

The top of page 9 has one column headings that include: "THE WICHITA AGENCY" "Davidson's Troops Fighting and Acting as Firemen" "A Gallant Charge Against a Hostile Band" "Four Civilians Butchered" and more. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 16 p... See More  

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1869 Gettysburg reunion... 6th anniversary...

Item #691694

August 27, 1869

NEW YORK HERALD, Aug. 27, 1869

* Battle of Gettysburg reunion

* 6th anniversary celebration

* Soldiers' National Monument dedicated

Page 5 has a small one column heading: "The Gettysburg Reunion" with subhead. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.

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Quaint religous newspaper from Boston...

Item #691686

April 21, 1877

THE MYRTLE, Boston, Massachusetts, April 21, 1877

* Published by "Universalist Publishing House"

Illustrations throughout this little newspaper which has a religious theme. Published by the "Universalist Publishing House". A decorative and ornate masthead.

Measures approximately 9 by 7 inches and contains 8 pages. Nice condition.... See More  

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John Wesley Hardin did the shooting...

Item #691641

November 19, 1875

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 19, 1875 

* John Wesley Hardin shootout

The front page has a rather brief yet notable report headed: "Two Men Murdered In Texas" which notes in part: " of five men entered Ryan's saloon & killed Reuben Brown, city marshal... a member of the Sutton party. His body was riddled with balls...Brown was the man who arrested Taylor for th... See More  

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In honor of Lincoln's first birthday since his assassination...

Item #691626

February 13, 1866

NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 13, 1866 

* President Abraham Lincoln

* 1st birthday since assassination

* George Bancroft memorial oration

The top of the front page has column heads: "LINCOLN" "The Martyr President" "Oration By George Bancroft" "The Flags on the Public Buildings at Half Mast" and more, with very lengthy text. This was in honor of the firs... See More  

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1871 Tragedy in Havana, Cuba...

Item #691580

December 04, 1871

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 4, 1871

* Tragedy in Havana, Cuba

* Medical students - executions

* Mob rule - riots - arrests - imprisoned

* Tomb of loyalist hero Gonzalo Castañón

The top of the front page has one column headings that include: "THE HAVANA TRAGEDY" Results of Students' Freaks in the Local Cemetery" "How the Death Sentence was Proclaimed and ... See More  

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Short-lived title from a Texas town with a rich history...

Item #691578

March 31, 1892

VELASCO DAILY TIMES, Texas, March 31, 1892 

* Rare Southwestern title

* Possibly the first time offered anywhere (see note)

A rare title as it existed for less than six months.

Velasco was a town in Texas that was later annexed by the city of Freeport. Founded in 1831, Velasco is situated on the east side of the Brazos River four miles from the Gulf of Mexico. The town's early his... See More  

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1867 Kidder fight massacre...

Item #691558

July 15, 1867

NEW YORK HERALD, July 15, 1867

* Kidder Fight (Massacre) - Kansas

* General George Armstrong Custer

* Pawnee Killer - Cheyenne Sioux Indians

Page 6 has an article headed: "The Indian War" and more. The text takes up over 2 full columns.

Complete with 8 pages, irregular along the spine, nice condition.

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The Northwood murderer of 1874....

Item #691556

February 18, 1874

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 18, 1874 

* Northwood, New Hampshire murderer

* The "Monster" Franklin B. Evans execution

The top of an inside page one column heads: "EVANS HANGED" "Just Doom of a Barbarous Old Man" "Terrible Confessions" and more. This report takes over a full column.

Complete with all 12 pages, irregular along the spine, generally very ... See More  

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1880 Bloody Benders arrested...

Item #691533

August 03, 1880


* Bloody Benders captured

* Kansas serial killers

Page 5 has a small one column heading: "The Benders" (see)

Complete with 10 pages, a little irregular along the spine, nice condition.

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Frederick Douglass notable letter... Reception of the 55th Massachusetts (Black) Regiment...

Item #691378

September 29, 1865

THE LIBERATOR, Boston, Sept. 29, 1865  The famous anti-slavery newspaper by Wm. L. Garrison with the masthead engraving showing slaves being sold, & slaves being liberated.

The back page has: "Frederick Douglass On The Educational Monument Association", which is a letter from him taking nearly a full column, signed in block type, "FREDERICK DOUGLASS". Page 3 has: &quo... See More  

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A periodical for spiritualists in 1886...

Item #691374

December 31, 1886

THE MEDIUM AND DAYBREAK, London, Dec. 31, 1886 

* Ghosts - mediums - spectre - apparition - spooks

A fascinating & unusual newspaper subtitled: "A Weekly Journal Devoted to the History, Phenomena, Philosophy & Teachings of Spiritualism" as noted in the masthead. Items include: "Sir Robert Stout: Premier, Spiritualist, and Free-Thinker" Spiritual Phenomena&quo... See More  

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1892 Oil City, Pennsylvania disaster...

Item #691355

June 14, 1892

WAVERLY FREE PRESS, Waverly, New York, June 14, 1892 

* Oil City & Titusville, Pennsylvania

* Oil Creek Disaster (1st report)

The second page of this issue contains a report on the Oil City, PA disaster of 1892 (see images) - which to-date remains one of Oil City's greatest tragedies (view here for more information).  The issue also contains other news of the day with peri... See More  

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Santa Claus on his sleigh...

Item #691352

December 26, 1874

HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, Dec. 26, 1874  The full front page is a print: "Faith--Waiting for Santa Claus" showing a young girl waiting at the door of a toy store. Inside has a nice full page: "Santa Claus is Coming!" showing Santa on his sleigh being pulled by 4 reindeer. The great doublepage centerfold is: AA Dream of a Christmas Dinner in 5 Parts". Also inside ... See More  

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Infamous stagecoach robber "Black Bart" is captured...

Item #691347

November 20, 1883


* Outlaw Black Bart - stagecoach robber captured

Page 7 begins with a very rare, period report concerning the arrest of infamous stagecoach robber "Black Bart", noted for his poetic messages left after his robberies (see hyperlink for more on him). He was also known as Charles Bolton and C.E. Bolton, and operated primarily in Northern C... See More  

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Black Americana - black voters, candidates, jurors, and more...

Item #691227

August 30, 1867

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Aug. 30, 1867  The front page has: "NORTH CAROLINA - COLORED JURORS ALLOWED", "Abortion Case... A Woman Left To Die In The Streets", "The Indian War", "Delaware - A Colored Man Murdered", and more. Also present is a brief account of newly register voters in South Carolina, which includes the mention of blacks.

Page 5 has: "GEORGI... See More  

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President Johnson's impeachment trial...

Item #691067

May 12, 1868

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 12, 1868  Most of the front page is taken up with: "THE IMPEACHMENT TRIAL" "The Field Not Lost!" with various subheads (see). The is concerning the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson.

Eight pages, uncut and untrimmed, crease and minor wear along the central fold, generally nice..

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Evangelist Dwight L. Moody sermon...

Item #690972

February 15, 1876

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, February 15, 1876

* Evangelist Dwight L. Moody's sermon

* Preaches at P.T. Barnum's Hippodrome

The top of the back page has one column headings that include: "THE HIPPODROME" "Preaching Again On The Gospel" and more. Text takes up 2 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete with all 8 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.

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Rare title from the Oklahoma Territory, 14 years before statehood...

Item #690770

November 30, 1893

THE POND CREEK TRIBUNE, Oklahoma Territory, Nov. 30, 1893 

* Very rare publication

A very rare weekly title which lasted but 4 years from 1893 to 1896. Outside of our few holdings the Oklahoma Historical Society is the only institution which records having any issues of this title.

Four pages, typical news reports of the day with a wealth of ads. Irregular at the spine with some blank ... See More  

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NYC Orange riot... Irish Protestants vs. Catholics...

Item #690738

July 14, 1870

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 14, 1870

* Orange Riots ( 1st of two)

* New York City

* Irish Protestants & Catholics

The top of the back page has one column headings that include: "THE RIOT" "Two More Deaths from Injuries Received Reported" and more. (see) Coverage on the 1st of two Orange Riots in New York City between Irish Protestants "Orangmen" and Irish Cat... See More  

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Fourteenth Amendment ratified by North Carolina...

Item #690649

July 12, 1868

NEW YORK TIMES, July 12, 1868 

* 14th Amendment ratified by North Carolina

* President Andrew Johnson signs

The front page has: "PROCLAMATION" with the subheading: "The President Declares the Ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment by North Carolina", signed in type by the President: Andrew Johnson.

This was one of the Reconstruction amendments which guaranteed ci... See More  

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From the Old West... Early Colorado...

Item #690640

December 06, 1881

GUNNISON DAILY REVIEW, Colorado, Dec. 6, 1881

* Rare Old West title

* Volume 1 issue

An uncommon title from this boom mining town in the southwestern quadrant of Colorado, tucked in a valley amidst the Rocky Mountains.

Gunnison boomed in the late 1870's and early 1880's and was once the home of Wyatt Earp and "Texas Jack". Today there are some 5500 residents of Gunnison.

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From Eastern Illinois...

Item #690524

September 09, 1876

IROQUOIS COUNTY TIMES, Watseka, Illinois, Sept. 9, 1876 

* Rare publication from the Midwest

From a somewhat small town (pop. 5,200) in Eastern Illinois. Various news and ads of the day, four pages, never bound nor trimmed, minor wear at margins & fold, generally nice condition.... See More  

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1878 Pittsfield, Massachusetts... Berkshire County...

Item #690490

October 30, 1878

THE PITTSFIELD SUN, Massachusetts, Oct. 30, 1878

* Berkshire County 

* American Indians war era

This uncommon title has news of the day with several interesting advertisements.

Complete with all 8 pages, minor spine wear, generally nice.

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1873 Dixon, Illinois bridge disaster...

Item #690369

May 06, 1873


* Dixon, Illinois

* Truesdell Bridge collapse

* Baptism ceremony disaster

The top of page 9 has one column headings that include: "THE BRIDGE HORROR" "Full Number of Killed Not Yet Ascertained" "Thrilling Incidents Of Escape" and more. (see) Text takes up almost 1 1/2 columns.

Complete with all 16 pages, light toning at the ma... See More  

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"Tom Sawyer, Detective", by Mark Twain, & "Two Mormons from Muddlety" - prints by Remington, Gaul, Pyle, & Peale...

Item #690342
(3) HARPER'S NEW MONTHLY MAGAZINE, New York, a three-issue set, July - September, 1896 

The Aug. and Sept. issues contain the first appearance of: "Tom Sawyer, Detective", by Mark Twain. Great to have this complete novel in an original printing from 1896.

The Jul, Aug, and Sept. issues contain the entire first printing of: "Two Mormons From Muddlety", by Langdon El... See More  

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The 13th Amendment becomes the law of the land...

Item #690325

December 07, 1865

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Dec. 7, 1865 

* End of Slavery in America

* 13th Amendment becomes law

* Official announcement

The top of page 7 has first column heads announcing the very historic report that the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery in the United States, became the law of the land when the required number of states ratified the amendment on December 6.

The heads include: "THE ... See More  

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