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Death of President Garfield...

Item #687613

September 20, 1881

NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, September 20, 1881 

* President James A. Garfield assassination

* 1st report of his death

The top of the first column is headed: "THE PRESIDENT DEAD" The Long Suffering Ended" "A Sudden and Painless Death" with additional subheads including: "A Painless Death" "Dread and Fear of the Last Hours" "The Death Unexpected By... See More  

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Martha's Vineyard... Methodist Camp Meeting...

Item #687612

August 21, 1867

SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, August 21, 1867  Page 1 provides considerable details concerning the Methodist Camp Meeting at Martha's Vineyard, known as Wesleyan Grove (or Wesleyan Camp Grove). Another article tells of a similar Camp Meeting in Hatfield. Although many of the gingerbread cottages remain, and a summer camp meeting schedule continues into the present, the popularity... See More  

Added to Catalog 318 after the original version went to print. It is only available on-line.

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Thomas Edison and his new phonograph...

Item #687611

April 27, 1878


* Historic Phonograph invention

* Thomas Edison - inventor

Most of a column on page 11 is taken up with: "The Phonograph" "Edison Explains His Invention to the Washington Academy of Science". Subheads include: "Mr. Thomas A. Edison" "Edison In Person" "What the Phonograph is Like" which is very ... See More  

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Post 1873 Colfax, Louisiana massacre.....

Item #687335

May 07, 1873

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Indiana, May 7, 1873

* Post Colfax massacre - riot

* St. Martinville Parish, Louisiana

* Unrest continues in the State

The top of page 9 has one column headings that include: "LOUISIANA" "Progress Of The Civil War" "Picket Firing at St. Martinsville" and more.

Complete with 16 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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1898 Nikola Tesla's remote controlled boat...

Item #687319

November 19, 1898

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Nov. 19, 1898

* Inventor Nikola Tesla

* Radio remote controlled boat

Great issue on the early radio remote control. Page 6 has a fascinating article with 3 related diagrams on the recent invention of Nikola Tesla's remote controlled boat. (see)

Other inventions of the day throughout. Complete with 16 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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1878 Birch Creek battle... Indians...

Item #687119

July 11, 1878

THE NEW YORK TIMES, July 11 , 1878

* Battle of Birch Creek

* Near Pendleton, Oregon

* Bannock War - Indians

The top of page 5 has one column headings: "HOWARD STRIKES INDIANS" "A Gallant Fight On Butler Creek" and more. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, generally nice.

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1866 Fetterman Fight massacre....

Item #687037

December 27, 1866

NEW YORK TIMES, December 27, 1866.


* Fetterman Massacre

* Fort Laramie

On page 4 under "Terrible Massacre At Fort Laramie" "Three Officers and Ninety Soldiers Surrounded and Butchered" is a rather inconspicuous report reading in full: "A terrible massacre occurred on the 22d, near Fort Phil. Kearny. Brevet Col. Fetterman, Capt. Brown, and Lieut. Gammond, ... See More  

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1895 Hamidian massacres... Armenians...

Item #687030

July 15, 1895


* Hamidian massacres - Sultan Abdul Hamid

* Armenians - Ottoman Empire - Turkey

The front page has a small one column heading: "Poor Armena" with subhead. (see) Coverage on the ongoing massacres of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Nice to have on the front page here.

Other news and advertisements of the day. Light toning, minor margin wear, ge... See More  

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Trial of Lincoln's assassins... Dr. Mudd...

Item #686956

June 07, 1865

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 7, 1865 

* Abraham Lincoln's assassination

* Trial of the conspirators

* Dr. Samuel Mudd and more

The front page has  nice one column heads including: "THE ASSASSINATION" "The Trial on Tuesday" "The Case of Dr. Mudd" "Attempt to Invalidate the Evidence of Thomas" "The Suppressed Testimony" "
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1895 Ghosts in Victoria, B.C. ?...

Item #686950

July 20, 1895

HELENA EVENING GAZETTE, Montana, July 20, 1895

* Haunted house in Victoria, B.C. ?

* Ghosts - spectres - apparitions

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "IT IS LIKE A GHOST STORY" with subhead. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, light toning at the margins, a little irregular along the spine, generally nice.

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1895 Lockport, Illinois fire disaster....

Item #686946

August 10, 1895

HELENA EVENING GAZETTE, Montana, Aug. 10, 1895

* Lockport, Will County, Illinois

* Downtown fire disaster

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "TOWN WIPED OUT" with subheads. (see)

Complete with 8 pages, light toning at the margins, generally very nice.

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Fort Smith, Arkansas hangings in 1875 ...

Item #686919

September 04, 1875

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, Sept. 4, 1875

* Fort Smith, Arkansas

* Hangings - executions (6)

* Judge Isaac Parker

Near the top of the front page is an article headed: "Execution Of Six Men At Fort Smith" and more. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages, minor margin wear, nice condition.... See More  

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

Item #686907

October 28, 1895

HELENA EVENING HERALD, Montana, October 28, 1895

* H.H. Holmes - Herman Webster Mudgett

* America's 1st serial killer trial begins

* Chicago murder castle

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "HOLMES' TRIAL" with subheads and prints of Holmes and Benjamin Pietzel. (see) First report coverage on the start of the trial against H. H. Holmes for murder. Holmes ... See More  

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Unveiling of the Lincoln statue... Frederick Douglass speech...

Item #686894

April 15, 1876

THE NEW YORK TIMES, April 15, 1876 

* Emancipation Memorial - monument

* Lincoln Park, Capital Hill, Washington D.C.

* Frederick Douglass speech

The front page has an article headed: "The Lincoln Monument" "Unveiling Of The Statue In Lincoln Square, Washington--Twenty-Five Thousand Persons Present" (see)

This was the unveiling of the Emancipation Statue built by t... See More  

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Jesse James... Rock Island Railroad robbery...

Item #686845

July 18, 1881

NEW YORK TIMES, July 18, 1881 

* Outlaw Jesse James gang

* Rock Island Railroad train robbery

The top of the middle column of the front page has heads: "THE WORK OF ROAD AGENTS", "Robbery And Murders On A Rock Island Train", "Details Of The Bloody Affair At Winston, Mo.--The Conductor And A Passenger Killed And The Express Safe Robbed--Statements By The Train-M... See More  

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Spotted Tail killed by Crow Dog...

Item #686836

August 07, 1881

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 7, 1881

* Chief Spotted Tail killed

* Lakota Indians

* Early 1st report

The front page has a small and discrete one column heading: "Spotted Tail Shot Dead By Crow Dog" See image for brief text here. A early 1st report here.

Other news of the day. Complete in 12 pages, light browning, some margin chipping, generally good. Should be handled with care.... See More  

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Fenians invasion of Canada warning...

Item #686800

April 11, 1866

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Ohio, April 11, 1866 

* Fenians - Irish Republican Brotherhood

* Invasion of Canada threatened

* Eastport, Maine - Campo Bello Island

The top of the front page as one column headings that include: "THE FENIANS" "The Fenians Mean Fight" "Their War Vessels In The Harbor" "Arrest of Michael Murphy, the Head Centre" and more. (s... See More  

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1899 Newnan, Georgia Negro lynching...

Item #686799

April 25, 1899

THE EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, April 25, 1899

* Newnan, Georgia

* Elijah Strickland lynching

* Alfred Cranford murder

The front page has a one column heading: "Nation Horrified" 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 paper. Rare as such.

Co... See More  

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The Civil Rights Bill is "the law of the land"...

Item #686774

April 10, 1866

THE NEW YORK HERALD, April 10, 1866 

* Civil Rights Bill becomes law

* Post Civil War - slavery

The top of the back page has one column headings: "THE CAPITAL" "The Civil Rights Bill the Law of the Land" "Its Passage In The House" "Vote 122 To 41" Unfortunately there is a printing flaw that affects the mentioned headings only. Text is fine. (see)... See More  

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Woodhull & Claflin open the first women's brokerage firm on Wall Street...

Item #686770

February 22, 1870

NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 22, 1870 

* "Woodhull, Claflin & Co." advertisement

* First Women's Wall Street brokerage

The financial page (pg. 6) has an intriguing, somewhat inconspicuous advertisement of a very notable--yet widely unknown--Wall Street "first".

The advertisement is for the very first women's brokerage firm to open on male-dominated Wall Street... See More  

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Ann Eliza divorcing Brigham Young... Mormons...

Item #686761

August 27, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Aug. 27, 1874

* Ann Eliza Young suit

* Brigham Young divorce

* Mormons - polygamy

Page 5 has a one column heading: "Ann Eliza Young's Divorce" (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 10 pages, minor margin wear, generally nice.

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General George Custer.. Black Hills' gold...

Item #686760

August 24, 1874

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, August 24, 1874

* General George Armstrong Custer

* Black Hills gold - South Dakota expedition

The top of the front page one column headings that include: "IN THE BLACK HILLS" "Gen. Custer's Exploring Expedition" and more. (see) Lengthy text continues on page 2.

Other news of the day. Complete with 10 pages, light toning at the margins, light creas... See More  

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

Item #686638

July 17, 1895

DAILY GLOBE, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, July 17, 1895

* H.H. Holmes - Herman Webster Mudgett

* Infamous "Murder Castle" in Chicago

* America's 1st serial killer

The top of page 3 has one column headings that include: "HOLMES' MANY CRIMES" "Perhaps Six Times A Murderer" and more. (see) Coverage on the recent murders by H. H. Holmes, who is considered to ... See More  

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James Garfield's inauguration and inaugural address...

Item #686587

March 09, 1881

THE DESERET NEWS, Salt Lake City, Utah (Territory), March 9, 1881 

* James A. Garfield inauguration

* Inaugural address - uncommon title

Page 8 has: "The Inauguration" with some details of it, followed by: "Garfield's Inaugural Address" which carries over to take more than half of page 9.  Tragically, he would be assassinated less than 4 months later.

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Battle of Ridgeway (1866)....

Item #686385

June 08, 1866

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 8, 1866

* Fenian raids in Canada

The top of the front page has one column headings: "THE FENIANS" "Operations On The Border" "ANOTHER INVASION OF CANADA" "Ten Thousand Canadians Concentrated at Montreal" and more. Lengthy text.

Other news of the day soon after the end of the Civil War. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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1908 Tong Wars in San Francisco...

Item #686308

January 18, 1908


* San Francisco, California Chinatown

* Human trafficking - Tong Wars - slave girls

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "TONG WAR CLAIMS TWO MORE MEN" with subheads. (see) Great to have in a Frisco publication. Rare as such.

Complete with 14 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, generally nice.... See More  

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Nikola Tesla and the human eye... Columbian Exposition...

Item #686305

October 14, 1893

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, October 14, 1893  Page 5 has: "The Action of the Eye", by Nikola Tesla discussing the functions of the eye and brain connection and contains has famous quote: "The day when we shall know what "electricity" is, will chronicle an event probably greater and more important than any other in the history of the human race".

"Th... See More  

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Bloody Benders caught ?...

Item #686246

August 07, 1880


* Bloody Benders

* Kansas serial killers

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

Complete with 12 pages, a little irregular along the spine, nice condition.

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1874 Creedmoor Rifle Match with graphics...

Item #686230

September 28, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, September 28, 1874

* 1st Creedmoor rifle match, Long Island

* Target results - illustrations

This issue has excellent coverage of the 1st international rifle competition at Creedmoor Rifle Range in Long Island, with page 3 containing several target illustrations. One column headings include: "THE GREAT RIFLE MATCH" "Ireland and America Struggle for the Ch... See More  

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First Modern Musical... Broadway's prominance set in stone...

Item #686198

September 15, 1866

NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 15, 1866  

* "The Black Crook" 1st week advertisement

* Very first musical theatre performance of the first ever modern day musical!

* Niblo's Garden - Broadway - New York City

Although an inconspicuous listing on page 7, the advertisement for the Broadway production of "The Black Crook" is quite significant.

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The Great Clam Chowder Murder in 1896 NYC...

Item #686184

June 24, 1896

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, June 24, 1896

* The Great Clam Chowder - Arsenic Murder

* Mary Alice Almont Livingston Fleming

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "MRS. FLEMING ACQUITTED" with subheads and illustration of Fleming. (see)

Complete with 16 pages, light, even toning, a little margin wear, generally in good condition. Should be handled with care.... See More  

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Gibson County, Tennessee Negroes massacre...

Item #686092

August 27, 1874

THE NEW YORK TINES, August 27, 1874

* Trenton, Gibson County, Tennessee

* Negroes massacred

The top of page 5 has a one column heading: "Wholesale Murder" with subheads. (see)

Complete in 8 pages, toning and a little wear at the margins, must be handled with care.

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1875 Black Hills gold rush...

Item #686089

July 05, 1875

NEW YORK HERALD, July 5, 1875

* Newton-Jenney Party

* Black Hills gold discovery

* French Creek diggings

Page 3 has an lengthy article with heading: "THE BLACK HILLS" and subheads. (see) Text text up almost 2 columns.

Complete with 8 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Four very early issues from San Diego...

Item #686065

September 23, 1871

SAN DIEGO DAILY UNION, California, 1871 

* Rare & early from Southern California

A lot of four issues which are very early from San Diego--a volume 2 issue--when the population was just 2300, with a nice engraving of the harbor in the masthead. 

All four pages have various news tidbits of the day, including local, regional, and national reports. A great wealth of advertisement... See More  

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Professor Reuss invented the telephone?

Item #686016

March 04, 1876

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, March 4, 1876  

* Johann Philipp Reis

* German scientist & inventor

* Make-and-break telephone

The ftpg. shows: "An Australian Man-Of-War" with a related article. Inside print: "Professor Reuss' Telephone" with article; "the Invention of  the Telephone" , a crane mounted on a railroad car, and various other... See More  

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1874 Chang & Eng Bunker deaths...

Item #685974

February 13, 1874

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 13, 1874

* re. Chang and Eng Bunker deaths

* Famous Siamese twins

The top of page 7 has a one column headings that include: "THE SIAMESE TWINS" "Appearance of the Bodies After Embalmment" and more. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete with all 12 pages, some damp staining, generally nice.

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Frederick Douglass becomes a United States Marshal...

Item #685746

March 19, 1877

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, March 19, 1877 

* Frederick Douglass, United States Marshal

The front page has: "Washington--Mr. Douglass Confirmed" the report beginning: "The debate in the Executive session yesterday on the confirmation of Frederick Douglass to be United States Marshal of the District of Columbia was one of the most memorable that has ever occurred in that body...&quo... See More  

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Fifth Avenue, New York (1892)... Beautiful full-color illustration...

Item #685740

May 05, 1892

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY, New York, May 5, 1892  The front page of this issue is very colorful and shows a horse-drawn coach traveling along a busy New York street, captioned: "A May Morning on Fifth Avenue".

Color front pages of Leslie's were quite rare during the late 19th century.  This is certainly one of the earliest, and perhaps the best we've se
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Early Colorado... Indians... Many related prints...

Item #685712
HARPER'S MONTHLY, New York, NY, July, 1867

* Early Colorado article and prints

* Indians, buffalo hunting, stage coach, etc.

Beginning on the front page is a 14 page article: "A Stage Coach Ride To Colorado" that has 14 illustrations, including: "A Bullwhacker," "Buffalo Hunting," "Fort Fletcher," "Sunset on the Plains," "Monument R... See More  

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From Brussels, Belgium...

Item #685710

August 20, 1871

GAZET VAN BRUSSEL [Gazetteer of Brussels], Belgium, Aug. 20, 1871  A four page issue which appears to be in Dutch. An archival repair at the spine, good condition.

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Popular for the colorful political cartoons...

Item #685708

September 27, 1893

PUCK, New York, Sept. 27, 1893  Puck was America's first successful humor magazine of colorful cartoon caricatures and political satire, publishing from 1871 until 1918. It was also the first to successfully adopt full color lithography printing for a weekly publication. The color prints are much desired for their displayability. This issue has as its political cartoons:

front page: &quo... See More  

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A series on "Notable Jews"... Chicago's Columbian Exposition...

Item #685707

August 03, 1893

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, August 3, 1893  Of special interest is item #XVI of "Notable Jews - Theodore W. Myers" which also includes a photograph & biography of him.

Among many other prints & photos is a full ft. page: "The World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago - In the Egyptian Court...First Experience in Smoking the Chibouk". Inside has: "...A B... See More  

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Baseball prints... Canada... Shohola Glen...

Item #685705

May 23, 1885

LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, New York, May 23, 1885  The front page includes a print of: "Canada - Fighting in the Northwest - A Shell from the Winnipeg Battery Striking a House Occupied by Half-Breeds During Gen. Middleton's Attack Upon Batouche".

Pg. 3 has a very nice full page montage of  7 vignettes of: "New York City--The Baseball Season--Sketches at the P... See More  

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Very first appearance of Walt Whitman's poem "True Conquerors"...

Item #685701

February 15, 1888

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 15, 1888

* Walt Whitman's "True Conquerors" - 1st appearance

Near the middle of page 6 is a poem titled: "True Conquerors" by the noted Walt Whitman, this being the very first appearance of this poem in print as verified by the Walt Whitman Archive, and is very significant as such. Complete in 12 pages, light toning with more at the edges, v... See More  

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For and about the military... Champion Rifleman of America...

Item #685650

September 09, 1876

ARMY & NAVY JOURNAL, New York, September 9, 1876  Half of the front page is taken up with a nice ad "The Leech Cup won by Judge Gildersleeve, 'Champion Rifleman of America'  -- 1876 with the Sharps Rifle at Creedmoor, May 27...".

Inside the issue is an article "The War with the Sioux", "The campaign presents no new features except that the forces und... See More  

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Battle of the Clearwater...

Item #685574

July 15, 1877

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, July 15, 1877

* Battle of the Clearwater

* Chief Joseph - Looking Glass

* General Oliver Otis Howard

This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 7 has an article headed: "Fierce Fighting" "Howard's Troops Rout the Redskins in Idaho" and more. (see)

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

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Ku Klux Klan in 1871 South Carolina...

Item #685515

November 16, 1871

THE NEW YORK HERALD, November 16, 1871

* Ku Klux Klan - KKK outrages in South Carolina

* Spartansburg and York Counties County SC

The top of page 2 has a one column heading: "SOUTH CAROLINA KU-KLUX" and more. Lengthy text takes up 1 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, a few discrete archival mends, very nice condition.... See More  

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1899 Enterprise, Kansas family murders......

Item #685462

March 16, 1899

THE EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, March 16, 1899

* Palmetto, Fulton County, Georgia

* Negroes massacre - assassinations


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "A NEGRO SLAUGHTER" 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 paper.... See More  

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Ulysses S. Grant for President - 1872 advertisement...

Item #685298

September 23, 1872

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Sept. 23, 1872 

* Ulysses S. Grant election notice

* Civil War general for president

A top of page 6 notice endorses the Grant-Wilson ticket. (see) Also with in the issue is news of the day and numerous advertisements.

Complete with 12 pages, nice condition.

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Trial of Captain Wirz...

Item #685171

September 28, 1865

NEW-YORK TIMES, Sept. 28, 1865 

* Andersonville Civil War prison in Georgia 

* Captain Henry Wirz trial

Front page heads at the top of the first column regarding the trial of Captain Henry Wirz, the Confederate officer in charge of the famous prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, Georgia: "Trial Of Capt. Wirz" "Difficulties and Delays by His Counsel" "Sha... See More  

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