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July 04, 1901
ALASKA FORUM, Rampart, Alaska, July 4, 1901
* Klondike gold rush era
* Very rare publication
This is the volume 1, number 41 issue of a newspaper from this mining town which lasted only until 1906. Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) notes that only the Alaska Historical Society has scattered issues of this title and they do not have this date.
Various local ... See More
May 03, 1864
THE DAILY SOUTH CAROLINIAN, Columbia, May 3, 1864
* Very rare Civil War title
A very scarce title from the Confederacy. Page 2 has an editorial headed: “Extortioners As Soldiers” and also: “War News” which has a variety of reports & subheads including: “Fight In East Tennessee” “Good Reports From Mississippi” “Important Proclama... See More
October 19, 1878
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, New York, Oct. 19, 1878 This now very famous serious of photos, captioned: "The Science of the Horse's Motions" done by Mr. Muybridge, taught his how a horse truly trots and gallops. Previous to these photographs it was though that horses galloped much differently, hence the unusual paintings of horses in gallop prior to this time.
Page 3 has a related art... See More
February 14, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, February 14, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
This was a strongly Tory (supportive of the British cause) newspaper which began in 1775 and closed shop in May of 1778 when the British evacuated Philadelphia.
The entire front page is taken up with ads, one of which is for the printi... See More
October 06, 1856
SAN FRANCISCO HERALD, California, Oct. 6, 1856 A very rare & early newspaper from California as this is the "San Francisco Herald For The Steamer" as noted at the top of pages 2-8, more commonly known as the "steamer edition". Such editions are much more rare than the "regular" editions.
Note that the masthead specifies what the market is for this edition: ... See More
October 25, 1851
THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1851
* 1st America's Cup race
* Schooner Yacht "America"
The front page features a nice print of the yacht: "The America", which to our knowledge is the only period print of the racing yacht America having just won the historic race against 14 other competitors. A similar print appears is the Illus. London News ... See More
May 08, 1886
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, May 8, 1886
* Collectible 19th century baseball print
The full ftpg. shows: "Some Setters & Pointers at the Dog Show" with a related article inside. Other prints include: "The Canoe Exhibition", a Thomas Nast political cartoon: "The Root Of The Matter"; a doublepage centerfold of: "Trinity Church, Boston"; and a... See More
December 07, 1641
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, December 28, 1641
* Earliest newspaper in your collection?
The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News"." This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Th&eac... See More
October 17, 1969
DAILY NEWS, New York, Oct. 17, 1969
* New York 'Amazin' Mets'
* World Series Champions
* Best publication to have ?
This would have to be one of the iconic sports reports of the 20th century, the entire front page taken up with a celebratory crowd at the stadium with the words: "WORLD CHAMPS ! " dropped out of the photo. The Major League Baseball World Series vi... See More
November 30, 1641
NOUVELLES, Paris, France, November 30, 1641
* Earliest newspaper in your collection?
The heading roughly translates to: "Ordinary News". This issue predates the earliest English language newspaper we have in our inventory. It was the "sister" publication of the "Gazette", the very first regular newspaper published in France, started in 1631 by Théophraste... See More
September 27, 1783
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, Sept. 27, 1783
* Treaty of Paris (signing) announcement
* End of the American Revolutionary War
It was on Sept. 3, 1783, when that Treaty of Paris was formally signed by all parties. There were actually four treaties involving England with America, France, Spain, and the Dutch Republic. The treaty would be printed in the next issue of this newspaper (September... See More
September 11, 1875
NEW YORK SATURDAY JOURNAL, Sept. 11, 1875 The front page is dominated by a very large image of: "Hon. William F. Cody (Buffalo Bill)", along with the beginning of a story by him titled: "Deadly-Eye, the Unknown Scout, by Buffalo Bill, the Celebrated Scout, Guide, and Hunter-Author." The story takes most of page 2 and is continued in a later issue.
Some crude repairs to t... See More
Item #652006THE POST-BOY, London, May 16, 1713
* Peace of Utrecht - treaty
* War of the Spanish Succession
This issue begins with: "The TREATY of Peace Between his Most Christian Majesty and his Royal Highness of SAVOY, Concluded at Utrecht, April 11, 1713.
This was one of the treaties of Utrecht. The Treaty of Utrecht was an historic agreement among various European powers, with France bei... See More
March 12, 1959
HONOLULU STAR BULLETIN, Hawaii, March 12, 1959 (a complete issue)
* Best Hawaii statehood issue
* Terrific for display
This would be "the" displayable issue to own recognizing Hawaii becoming the 50th state of the Union.
The huge banner headline across the top of the front page--in red ink--reads: "STATEHOOD" with an 8 1/2 by 6 inch color print of an American flag... See More
February 03, 1959
THE YORK DISPATCH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 3, 1959
* Death of rock & roll stars
* Buddy Holly, the "Big Bopper" and Richie Valens
* "The Day the Music Died"
The death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and the "Big Bopper" from the early rock and roll era is not commonly found in period newspapers, unfortunately. And when found the reports are typicall... See More
July 03, 1938
NEW YORK TIMES, July 3, 1938
* Jewish refugees political cartoon
* Escaping Adolph Hitler & Nazi Germany
The top of an inside page (E-3) has a very notable political cartoon concerning the plight of Jewish refugees trying to flee Nazi Germany, notable enough that it is a feature display in the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
This cartoon was created in anticipation... See More
May 22, 1881
NEW YORK TIMES, May 22, 1881
* American Red Cross created
* Clara Barton
The front page has a very significant report on the establishment of the American Red Cross. The article is headed: "The Red Cross" "Efforts To Establish An Organization in the United States". With a dateline of "Washington, May 21", the article begins: "At a meeting held this e... See More
March 24, 1862
NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE, March 24, 1862
* Uriah P. Levy death (1st report)
* 1st Jewish commodore of U.S. Navy
* American Civil War - Jews
The most notable content within this issue is the very brief, but historic page 3 report of the death of Commodore (Admiral) Uriah P. Levy, the first U.S. Jewish Commodore, War of 1812 hero, and credited for abolishing the disciplinary procedure of flogg... See More
February 14, 1921
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Feb. 14, 1921 The top of page 18 begins with column heads: "BASEBALL GATES FOREVER CLOSED TO INDICTED SOX". Included is a small photo of "Judge K.M. Landis, the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
This concerns the infamous Black Sox scandal of the 1919 Major League Baseball World Series
The article notes in part: "It is the opinion of many bas... See More
May 13, 1882
MOUNTAIN MAIL, Salida, Colorado, May 13, 1882
* Very rare Old West title
* Town view print
Printed in the masthead is: "Colorado Produces Millions of Silver, and Silver Is King." A very rare title, as there are no institutions noted in Gregory (Union List of American Newspapers) which have any holdings of this title. The holdings of the only one listed (Kansas St. Hist. Soc.) was ... See More
Item #642030THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, March, 1793
* King Louis XVI of France execution w/ print (historic)
This issue contains the: "Minutes of the Proceedings of the National Convention of France" which takes 4 pages with considerable detail on the trial of Louis XVI with a subhead: "The Final Judgment of Louis XVI" which has text which includes: "...Is Louis ... See More
April 10, 1802
COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, April 10, 1802
* United States Military Academy established
* West Point, Orange County, New York
Over half of the front page is taken up with the historic printing of: "An Act Fixing the Military Peace Establishment of the United States" which is signed in script type by the President: Th. Jefferson, and in block type by Aaron Burr & Nathanie... See More
August 23, 1873
HARPER'S WEEKLY August 23, 1873
* Winslow Homer's "Clam Bake" illustration
Certainly the prime content is the very nice full pg. Winslow Homer print "Sea Side Sketches - A Clam Bake." which is in great condition.
Also a full pg: "Sea Side Sketches - A Chowder Party at Fire Island."; fullpg. illus. of: "The Virgin Mary's Letter Box - Romish Supe... See More
January 04, 1873
HARPER'S WEEKLY, New York, January 4, 1873
* Caricaturist Thomas Nast
* Christmas - Santa Claus
Certainly the most notable print is the great doublepage centerfold by Thomas Nast captioned: "The Same Old Christmas Story Over Again" showing two kids sleeping amongst their dreams. Santa Claus with his bag of toys is here as well.
There are many other prints in the i... See More
September 17, 1863
WESTERN SENTINEL, Winston, North Carolina, September 17, 1863
* Rare Confederate title from the Civil War
This is a very rare title from the Confederacy. According to Brigham only four institutions in the United States have any holdings of this title from the Civil War, most just a few scattered issues. The American Antiquarian Society has no issues recorded from this era.
The entire ... See More
April 02, 1782
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, April 2, 1782
* Rare American Revolutionary War publication
* Battle of Saint Kitts - British vs. French Navy
Half of page 2 is taken up with the treaty for the: "Capitulation of the Islands of St. Christopher's and Nevis, between Count de Grasse...and the Marquis de Bouille...and Thomas Shirley...and T... See More
July 20, 1861
DAILY PROGRESS, New Bern, North Carolina, July 20, 1861
* Very rare Confederate title
* First Battle of Bull Run
* Manassas, Virginia
Certainly one of the less common titles from the Confederacy, as rarely have I seen it offered. This coastal town didn't remain Confederate for very long as it fell to General Burnside on March 14, 1862 with the Battle of New Bern. So truly &... See More
September 28, 1674
THE LONDON GAZETTE, England, Sept. 28, 1674
* Very early Union Jack Flag description
More than half of the front page is taken up with a notable Proclamation by the King of England concerning use and description of the British flag, and is one of the earliest printed references to the term "Union Jack" for the flag (is it the earliest??).
The Proclamation is a result of merchant s... See More
September 02, 1965
THE VILLAGE VOICE, New York, Sept. 2, 1965
* Bob Dylan & his electric guitar
* His famous Forest Hills concert
The front page features a photo of Bob Dylan captioned: "Dylan Stirred Up Forrest Hills". Also on the ftpg, & concluding inside, is a detailed account of the Dylan's very notable & controversial performance at Forest Hills of just 5 days earlier. Por... See More
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
September 08, 1716
THE POST BOY, Sept. 8, 1716
* Sir Christopher Wren replaced
* Displayable masthead
Near the top of the back page is a very significant item on the famous architect Sir Christopher Wren. The report reads: "Christopher Wren, Esq., is removed from being Clerk of his Majesty's Works, and is succeeded by John Mercer Esq., formerly belonging to Mr. How's Office, as pay-master o... See More
Item #651687THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY, (Boston), September, 1867
* Francis Miles Finch
* The Blue and the Gray
* 1st printing (nationally)
This literary magazine contains the *first nationally distributed printing of the famous Civil War themed poem by Francis Miles Finch, "The Blue and the Gray." The preface to the poem is a quote from the New York Tribune, providing context: "The wo... See More
March 24, 1864
THE PALMETTO HERALD, Port Royal, South Carolina, March 24, 1864
* Very rare Yankee occupation title
This Southern coastal town was captured by Yankee naval forces late in 1861 and remained a base for other operations along the Atlantic coast. An uncommon Yankee title from this otherwise Confederate stronghold. This is just the volume 1, number 4 issue with content including: "On G... See More
November 19, 1692
THE ATHENIAN MERCURY, London, Nov. 19, 1692
* Rare 17th century publication
* Early optician, John Marshall ad
One of just four advertisements on the back page is a quite lengthy & descriptive ad beginning: "At the sign of the Archimedes and Spectacles in Ludgate street, the West End of St. Paul's Church, London, by John Marshal are made all manner of prospective glasses,... See More
August 05, 1779
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, Aug. 5, 1779
* Battle of Stono Ferry, Charleston, South Carolina
* Revolutionary War - General Benjamin Lincoln
A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781.
The entire front page has content dealing with the increasing prices of commoditi... See More
January 08, 1782
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 8, 1782 The front page has an historic pronouncement: "We have advices from Paris...which say that the King has signified to his Excellency Benjamin Franklin...that he is determined to enter into no treaty for a general pacification with Great Britain without the consent & approbation of his faithful all... See More
November 01, 1781
THE LONDON MAGAZINE, England, November, 1781
* American Revolutionary War
* Early Cornwallis' surrender rpt.
* General Benedict Arnold
Certainly the most notable content is found near the back under the "Postscript", so noted as it contains recently-received news inserted in the issue just before being printed. It is dated November 27.
The report reads in part: "W... See More
May 07, 1915
BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT, May 7 and 8, 1915 Two consecutive issues reporting the sinking of the Lusitania.
May 7 issue: The last column of the ftpg. is mostly taken up with headlines on the event including: "TORPEDO DESTROYS LUSITANIA" "Sunk Off Irish Coast by German Submarine--Assistance Is Sent" "Passengers Are Saved, According To Report" "Many Prominen... See More
March 01, 1865
THE SOLDIER'S CASKET, Philadelphia, March, 1865
* Very rare title
This is the volume 1, number 3 issue of a title which lasted but 12 issues, January thru December, 1865. There is no record of it in Mott's "History of American Magazines" and nor can I find information on the internet. It is recorded in "Union List of Serials" which notes that it is held by 8... See More
January 31, 1939
THE DETROIT FREE PRESS, Michigan, Jan. 31, 1939
* Hitler calls for Jewish extermination
The ftpg. has a four column heading: "Hitler Pledges War Aid to Italy; Rome Hails Talk as a Promise to Back Aggression Against France" with subheads. This was one of Hitler's many speeches prior to the outbreak of World War II. This speech in particular was the first time Hitler called... See More
July 23, 1913
EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, California, July 23, 1913
* Naval Base San Diego to be born ?
A nice issue on the pre-founding era of the United States Navy's relationship with San Diego, one which has grown tremendously ever since 1917 to become the home port of the Pacific Fleet, a base composed of 13 piers, with over 24,000 military personnel and over 10,000 civilian workers. The U.... See More
Item #642836THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1783 Key articles include: "American Votes Respecting the Loyalists" (a report from Worcester, Massachusetts) and "American News", the latter giving some reports of a treaty between the United States and the chiefs of the Six Nations (see image for details).
Among additional articles noted in the table of contents are: "Pa... See More
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