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Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad...

Item #665884

May 11, 1869

NEW YORK HERALD, May 11, 1869 

* Completing the Transcontinental railroad

* Last spike driven at Promontory Point

A great issue celebrating the completion of the historic transcontinental railroad. East meets West.

The first column begins with nice heads: "THE PACIFIC RAILROAD" "The Last Rail Laid and the Last Spike Drive" "San Francisco and New York Linked to... See More  

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The Molly Maguires... Stanley in Africa...

Item #665839

December 02, 1874

NEW YORK HERALD, Dec. 2, 1874  Page 3 beings with some nice column heads on Stanley's exploration in Africa: "AFRICA" "Mr. Henry M. Stanley's Present Expedition" "The Slave Trader' 'The Great Work of  the Sultan of Zanzibar" "Exploring the Refiji".

This is a two column letter signed in type by: Henry M. Stanley.

Page 3 also has a ... See More  

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A hoax, or an account of what could happen...

Item #665837

November 09, 1874

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 9, 1874 

* The New York Zoo hoax

* The Great Central Park Zoo Escape

Page 3 has a stack of horrific headlines which include: "AWFUL CALAMITY" "The Wild Animals Broken Loose from Central Park" "Terrible Scene of Mutilation" "A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death" "Savage Brutes At Large" "The Killed and Wounded&... See More  

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1873 Susan B. Anthony indictment...

Item #665806

June 22, 1873

THE NEW YORK TIMES, June 22, 1873 

* re. The Susan B. Anthony trial 

The front page has a very small and discrete one column heading at the bottom of the last column: "The Case of Miss Susan B. Anthony--Prosecution Suspended" which is a brief mention of her recent indictment for illegal voting.

Other news of the day throughout. Complete in 8 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Los Angeles in 1896...

Item #665749

August 01, 1896

THE LOS ANGELES RECORD, California, Aug. 1, 1896 

* 19th century Southern California

A typical newspaper of the day. The front page features a rather large political cartoon showing McKinley and Bryan. Four pages, very nice condition.

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A Colorado newspaper printed eleven years before statehood...

Item #665726

September 15, 1865

THE DAILY DENVER GAZETTE, Colorado, Sept. 15, 1865 

* Very rare & early territory publication

* Post Civil War reconstruction era

This is actually a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not become a state until 1876, eleven years after this issue was published. And this is a volume one issue.

Outside of several issues of the Rocky Mountain News we have offered--which was Colorado... See More  

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Popular for the colorful political cartoons...

Item #665723

January 14, 1885

PUCK, New York, Jan. 14, 1885 

* Color political prints

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 politi... See More  

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A very rare campaign newspaper supporting U.S. Grant for President...

Item #665721

September 01, 1872


* General Ulysses S. Grant for president

* Extremely rare campaign publication

This is a very rare & short-lived title. Noted at the beginning of the ftpg: "During the present Presidential Canvass, we shall publish a Special Weekly Edition for the convenience of those who desire the latest and most trustworthy political intelligence...&q... See More  

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Polygamy among the Mormons... John Wilkes Booth's horse...

Item #665671

January 14, 1881


* Polygamy & the Mormons

* John Wilkes Booth's horse

Page 2 has two interesting, brief items: "It is asserted that the horse which John Wilkes Booth rode to the place of his capture after President Lincoln's assassination, belongs to an Abington, Mass. man & is a good traveler, though 23 yrs old." 

Also: &... See More  

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Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad...

Item #665659

May 07, 1869

NEW YORK TIMES, May 7, 1869 

* Completing the Transcontinental railroad

* Promontory Point - last spike (eve)

Near the top of the front page is a report of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad: "Central Pacific Railroad" "The Last Rail to be Laid To-Morrow--A Spike of Solid Gold to Finish the Work--Celebrations in Sacramento, Chicago, and other Cities" wi... See More  

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Grant is elected President...

Item #665658

November 04, 1868

NEW YORK HERALD, Nov. 4, 1868 

* General Ulysses S. Grant presidential election

All of page 3 is taken up with the election results, with one column headlines including "ULYSSES S. GRANT ELECTED PRESIDENT" "All the Original Free States Except New York Declare for Him" "The Election Uncommonly Quiet" and more.

Twelve pages, very nice condition.... See More  

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1879 Emmitsburg, Maryland...

Item #665569

June 23, 1879

EMMITSBURG CHRONICLE, Maryland, June 23, 1879

* Uncommon title

* Frederick County

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

Complete with 4 pages, minor margin wear, generally nice.

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The death of President Garfield...

Item #665464

September 21, 1881


* President James A. Garfield assassination death

Most of the first column is taken up with headlines on the death of President Garfield including: "DEAD ! " "James A.Garfield Passes Into the Dark Valley" "And the Shadow of Death Hangs Over the Land" "Dead---in the Full Ripeness of Life" "Dead... See More  

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Death of the king of Hawaii...

Item #665462

January 20, 1891

THE EVENING EXPRESS, Los Angeles, California, Jan. 20, 1891 

* Kalakaua death - king of Hawaiian Islands

* "The Merrie Monarch" - last reigning king

The top of the ftpg. has a column headed: "KING KALAKAUA DEAD" "The Hawaiian Ruler Passes Away at 2:30 This Afternoon" which includes a one column illustration of him as well. Nice to have in this West Coast p... See More  

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Perhaps our best issue on the Chicago Fire...

Item #665455

October 10, 1871


* Great Chicago fire disaster

* From the same city (very rare)

This is perhaps the very best Chicago Fire issue we have offered. Not only is it from Chicago, but it is a day earlier than any other report we have offered from Chicago.

Most of the first column is taken up with heads including; "CHICAGO IN FLAMES" "An All-Night C... See More  

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Extolling the virtues of Escondido...

Item #665451

November 30, 1894

THE ADVOCATE, Escondido, San Diego County, California, Nov. 30, 1894 

* Rare Old West publication

Most of the ftpg. is taken up with a very detailed article on the virtues of Escondido. Four pages, some old tape mends inside, toned, minor wear at the margins.

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Bias against the "coolies" in California...

Item #665450

August 25, 1888

THE TEMPLETON TIMES, San Luis Obispo County, California, Aug. 25, 1888 

* Rare Old West publication

* "Coolies" China laborers

The first of this title we have offered. The ftpg. has: "Ousting The Coolies" "Fruitmen and Vineyardists Prefer White Boys" "Very Successful Experiment". Other news of the day.

Four pages, large folio size, various older... See More  

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1879 Battle of Milk Creek... Meeker Massacre...

Item #665424

October 06, 1879

DAILY BETHLEHEM TIMES, Penn., October 6, 1879

* Meeker Massacre (early report)

* Battle of Milk Creek

* United States Army

* White River Utes - Indians

Near the bottom of the front page is a brief article headed: "The Indian Troubles" (see)

Other news and advertisements of the day. Complete in 4 pages, nice condition.... See More  

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Tuscumbia, Alabama tornado....

Item #665421

November 24, 1874

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 24, 1874

* Tuscumbia, Alabama tornado disaster

The front page has one column headings: "A DISASTROUS STORM" "Tuscumbia, Ala., Partially Destroyed" "Eleven Persons Killed...." Text takes up 1 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, light toning and a little wear at the margins, should be handled with care.... See More  

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Shot over a card game...

Item #665417

July 15, 1872

DAILY EVENING POST, San Francisco, California, July 15, 1872  The top of the ftpg. has: "Shooting Affray - Dangers of Arbitrating in a Game of Cards" which reports on a shooting over a card game.

Four pages, discrete archival strengthening at the spine, very nice condition.

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Shakers convention...

Item #665391

November 23, 1874

THE NEW YORK TIMES, November 23, 1874

* Shakers - Christ's Second Appearing

* Steinway Hall, New York City convention

The top of page 5 has one column headings: "THE SHAKER EVANGELISTS" "A Quaint Convention At Steinway Hall" and more. Text takes up almost 1 1/2 columns.

Other news of the day. Complete in 10 pages, light toning and minor wear at the margins, should b... See More  

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Outlaw Frank James trial...

Item #665386

August 18, 1883

ST. LOUIS GLOBE-DEMOCRAT, Missouri, August 18, 1883

* Outlaw Frank James

* Jesse James gang

* Gallatin, Missouri trial

This uncommon Midwestern title has news of the day with many advertisements. Page 4 has an article headed: "Mrs. Hite to Testify Against Frank James" with subhead. (see) This trial of the brother of outlaw Jesse James, held in Gallatin, Missouri, was concerning h... See More  

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The truth about Barbara Fritchie...

Item #665159

August 05, 1869

NEW-YORK TIMES, Aug. 5, 1869

* Barbara Fritchie

* Outlaw Sam Hildebrand

Page 5 has: "The Truth About Barbara Fritchie" which is a letter with facts and details about Fritchie, who became part of American folklore because of a poem by J. G. Whittier.

Also a report: "Sam Hilderbrand" "Fruitless Pursuit of the Outlaw" "Companies Organized to Hunt Him Down&q... See More  

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Polygamy on trial...

Item #665136

October 13, 1871

SALT LAKE DAILY TRIBUNE & UTAH MINING GAZETTE, U.T. (Utah Territory), Oct. 13, 1871 

* Brigham Young - Mormons leader

* Polygamy - adultery trial

Page 2 has a notable article: "Polygamy On Trial" "Territory of Utah...The People of the U.S. in the Territory of Utah vs. Brigham Young, Sr..." "Opinion of Chief Justice McKean".

This report takes over a fu... See More  

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Item #665103

April 05, 1879

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, April 5, 1879  This issue contains prints and related images of the following: an acoustic apparatus, the Pennsylvania Mower, the Herreshoff Torpedo, the Fuller Electric Light, Dean's Hydraulic Packing Press, and more.

Sixteen pages, 11 by 16 inches, irregular at the spine, a small library stamp on the front page, otherwise good.

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Bigamy charged of Brigham Young's son...

Item #665084

February 16, 1881


* John Willard Young arrested for bigamy

The ftpg. has an article headed: "For Bigamy" "Brigham's Son Arrested at the Instance of His Philadelphia Wife", the report noting in part: "...will be remembered...John W. Young, son of Brigham, married a Phil. lady...under promise of never practicing polygamy...viola... See More  

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1880 Findlay, Ohio....

Item #665041

November 17, 1880


* Uncommon title

* "Flag City, USA"

The 4 page newspaper has news of the day with several interesting advertisements, some illustrated.

Complete, a little irregular along the spine, light damp staining, generally in good condition.

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By the Shaker Community...

Item #665039
THE SHAKER, Shakers, New York, and Shaker Village, New Hampshire, May, 1876 

* Uncommon title

A monthly publication "Published By The United Societies" for folks in the Shaker community, quite famous today for the style of furniture they produced. This issue has much religious-related content.

Eight pages measuring 9 1/2 by 13  inches, great condition.... See More  

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Coushatta massacre... Red River Parish, Louisiana...

Item #665020

September 04, 1874

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, September 4, 1874 

* Coushatta massacre 

* Red River Parish, Louisiana 

* White League attack

The front page has one column headings: "THE SOUTHERN OUTRAGES", "The Louisiana Massacre" "Gov. Kellogg Issues A Proclamation Offering $5,000 Reward For The Capture Of Each Person...." Coverage on the Coushatta Massacre in Red ri... See More  

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Jenny Lind death....

Item #664922

November 03, 1887

PUBLIC LEDGER, Philadelphia, November 3, 1887

* Jenny Lind death

* Swedish Nightingale

* Opera singer

Page 2 has a small and very inconspicuous report under: "Jenny Lind Dead" which text that begins: "That wondrous voice to be heard no more on earth !...."

Complete with 4 pages, a very large sized issue measuring 29 1/2 by 23 1/2 inches, light toning and minor wear at ... See More  

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Abolishing the slave trade in England... Victor Hugo poem...

Item #664831
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, July, 1833  The prime report is taken from the: "Proceedings In Parliament" which includes a somewhat inconspicuous--yet noteworthy report: "Mr. Stanley brought in a Bill for the Abolition of Slavery, and for the compensation of the owners of slaves. Read a first time."

This would be the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 whic
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NYC Orange riot... Irish Protestants vs. Catholics...

Item #664830

July 14, 1871


* Orange Riots (2nd)

* New York City

* Irish Protestants & Catholics

The top of the front page has one column headings: "After The Battle" "A Review Of The Bloody Work Of The Twelfth Of July" and more. Coverage on the 2nd of two Orange Riots in New York City between Irish Protestants "Orangmen" and Irish Catho... See More  

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Supporting the Alaska Purchase...

Item #664826

April 02, 1867

NEW YORK HERALD, April 2, 1867 

* Alaska purchase - Seward's Folly

* William H. Seward - Russia

Page 6 has an interesting editorial concerning the purchase of Alaska, headed: "The Russo-American Purchase--The Climax of Mr. Seward's Foreign Policy".

The editorial takes close to a full column and is very supportive of the decision, while many of the era were not. It n... See More  

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General Custer gets demoted by President Grant...

Item #664824

May 13, 1876

NEW YORK HERALD, May 13, 1876 

* General George Armstrong Custer

* President Ulysses S. Grant

Some five weeks before he would meet disaster, page 4 has over half a column taken up with: "Grant and Custer" which begins: "General Grant's friends are coming slowly to his defense concerning the removal of Custer..." General Terry would be the military commander of ... See More  

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Capture of Jefferson Davis as he flees...

Item #664821

May 15, 1865

THE NEW YORK HERALD, May 15, 1865 

* Confederate President Jefferson Davis caught

* Mention of him wearing women's clothes

* Abraham Lincoln murder trial

The front page first column heads include: "JEFF. DAVIS" "Details Of His Capture" "His Camp 'Surprised at Daylight on the 10th Instant" "He Disguises Himself in His Wife's Clothing, and,... See More  

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Brief report of the death of Lincoln's son...

Item #664807

July 19, 1871

THE CHARLESTON DAILY NEWS, South Carolina, July 19, 1871 

* Thomas "Tad" Lincoln death

* President Abraham Lincoln's son

The first column of page 2 has an intriguingly brief report of an event which would have justified a much lengthier article. Under "News of the Day" is the brief note: "Little 'Tad' Lincoln, the youngest son of President Lincoln, ... See More  

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1867... baseball match between two "colored" clubs...

Item #664800

October 04, 1867

NEW YORK HERALD, Oct. 4, 1867  Inside under "THE NATIONAL GAME" is a report with subhead: "...Excelsior (Colored) v. Unique (Colored)".

Within the lengthy report is: "...The game alluded to was none other than a match game for the 'colored championship' of the United States...arrived in this city...received by a delegation of gentleman of the colored pers
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Death of Garfield... Arthur takes oath...

Item #664788

October 08, 1881

LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Oct. 8, 1881 

* James A. Garfield assassination

* Chester A. Arthur takes oath

* Prints - illustrations

Full front page: "The Death of President Garfield--Judge Brady Administering The Presidential Oath To Vice-President Arthur." Inside page has 3 illustrations about Garfield's death: "Embalming The Body Of The Deceased" &... See More  

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Ku-Klux Klan... mention of Sleepy Hollow...

Item #664787

September 16, 1871

THE WORLD, New York, Sept. 16, 1871  The front page has an article regarding the Ku-Klux Klan: "The Phantom Ku-Klux" which provides details related to the infamous Ku Klux Klan Conspiracy.  The article's focus is the trial held in Raleigh, North Carolina (see). 

Another unrelated but interesting front page article is: "NOT HANGED", with subhead "...the ... See More  

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Buffalo Bill promotes a patent medicine...

Item #664785

June 01, 1892

THE GARDINER HOME JOURNAL, Maine, June 1, 1892  Page 2 has a great item which includes a print captioned: "Hon. Wm. F. Cody, 'Buffalo Bill' " with a bit of text in which he promotes a medicine called "Kickapoo Indian Sagwa" which claims to cure malaria (see).

Large folio size, 4 pages, various chipping with many tears at the margins (not affecting the Buffalo Bill... See More  

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The first full-fledged Broadway musical...

Item #664783

September 13, 1866

NEW YORK TIMES, September 11, 12 & 13, 1866 

* "The Black Crook" opening premiere

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

* Niblo's Garden - Broadway - New York City

A terrific and very historic trio of newspapers relating to the first theatrical musical, "The Black Crook".

As Wikipedia notes: "Its significance i... See More  

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Pair of issues on Virginia Minor before the Supreme Court...

Item #664782

February 10, 1875

(2) NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 10 and March 30 1875 

* Virginia Minor Supreme Court case

* Women's suffrage

A pair of issues, with the Feb. 10 issue having on page 8 an article headed: "Woman Suffrage" "The Question in the Supreme Court of the United States - The Case of Mrs. Minor Against a Register of Voters in Missouri". The report gives some specifics on the case ... See More  

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The National Rifle Association is formally created...

Item #664689

November 25, 1871

NEW YORK TIMES, Nov. 25, 1871 

* Creation of the NRA, the National Rifle Association

The bottom of pg. 3 has a brief & inconspicuous report which is very significant to the founding of the NRA, the National Rifle Association. As the internet notes, the NRA was founded in 1871 by Capt. Wingate and Col. Church, both mentioned in this report. Papers for incorporation were sent the week... See More  

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Beginning of the Impressionist movement in France...

Item #664592

May 13, 1876

NEW YORK TRIBUNE, May 13, 1876 

* Impressionism - art movement begins (historic)

This is an exceedingly significant newspaper on the founding of the Impressionist movement in art.

Page 2 has an inconspicuous yet quite historic report which essentially reports on the beginning of the Impressionist movement in the art world in France.  Those artists now known as the "Impression... See More  

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Recollections of Abraham Lincoln... Prison life in Charleston...

Item #664567

* Life of Abraham Lincoln (posthumous)

Articles within this issue are "Prison-Life" which is from Charleston, South Carolina and contains several illustrations; "Washoe Revisited"; "Heroic Deeds of Heroic Men - VIII - A Railroad Adventure"; "Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln" which ... See More  

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The controversial Chinese Exclusion Act...

Item #664513

March 10, 1882

NEW YORK TIMES, March 10, 1882  The first 1 1/2 columns of the front page are headed: "THE CHINESE BILL PASSED" "A Vote of Nearly Two to One in the Affirmative" with subheads.

This was the "Chinese Exclusion Act". Since the Civil War, thousands of Chinese immigrants flooded the western U.S., accused by whites of undercutting their wages. Congress acted by suspen... See More  

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Great for the telephone collector...

Item #664481

May 29, 1886

SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, May 29, 1886 

* Very early telephone experiments

The front page has a nice print showing "Early Telephones" from before Alexander Graham Bell's invention, with each of the 6 models labeled by date, name, and inventor. Also a nice ftpg. article titled: "Early Telephones".

Other articles are: "Badia's Improved Life Preserver... See More  

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Trout fishing, and Trinity Bay in Newfoundland...

Item #664477

September 09, 1865

FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED, New York, Sept. 9, 1865  Among the prints within are: "A Peach Orchard at Cranberry, New Jersey" " with 3 other related prints. "Trout Fishing in the Mountain Streams of Pennsylvania" with an article. "Old St. John's Gate, Quebec, Canada".

The feature is a foldout centerfold of: "Trinity Bay & Heart's Content... See More  

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On the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson...

Item #664463

February 26, 1868

THE NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 26, 1868 

* President Andrew Johnson

* Reconstruction era impeachment trial

Page 3 has proceedings on President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial, with first column heads: "WASHINGTON" "Subsidence Of The Excitement" "Preliminary Preparations for the Trial of the President" and more.

Eight pages, minor margin wear, nice condi... See More  

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Two issue set... Athletics vs. Atlantics... illustration of the game...

Item #664433

October 31, 1865

NEW YORK TIMES, Oct. 31, 1865 and HARPER'S WEEKLY, November 18, 1865 

* 1865 Philadelphia Baseball Game

A two issue set
containing a report of famous baseball game, and a print of it.

Page 5 of the Times has: "The Great Base Ball Match The Atlantics Against the Athletics--The Atlantics the Victors". Details from the one paragraph summary include: "The Atlantics made ... See More  

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