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Catalog: Guy's FavoritesOne of our goals when selecting items for a catalog is to include issues which cover a variety of collectible interests. "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" certainly applies to the newspaper collectible. If I were to ask a dozen collectors to peruse the catalog and select their top 10 favorite issues (regardless of price), I'm convinced no two lists would be identical. It is with this understanding...
The following are my personal favorites from the current catalog. Some are chosen due to their rarity, historical significance, or both. Others have been selected because they remind me of places my parents took me when I was a small child, they strike an inner chord, they inspire me to do some historical exploration, or they direct me to places (physically or mentally) I've rarely (never?) been. Enjoy.
Catalog: Guy's Favorites
LOS ANGELES EXAMINER, August 14, 1945 The front page has a nice banner headline that reads: "Tokyo Radio Says: JAPS SURRENDER" dropped out of a black box, with various related subheads. Nice for display.
Complete with 22 pages, light toning, a little margin wear, nice condition.
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 4, 1844 Page 2 has both the text of the petition to end the infamous "Gag Rule" which prevented members of the House of representatives talking about slavery and/or related topics, and the result of the votes to rescind it. The text of the petition is included here in full, noting in part: "...'No petition, memoria... See More
CHEYENNE DAILY LEADER, Wyoming (Territory), Aug. 26, 1875 A very elusive title from 15 years before Wyoming statehood. The Leader was the very first newspaper published in the territory, having begun in September, 1867.
Typical news & ads of the day with page 3 beginning: "Cheyenne As An Outfitting Point!". Many of the ads are illustrated.
Four pages, in great condition.... See More
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE, Oct. 18, 1865 The front page has a detailed, column-wide diagram and a wonderful account of a visit the Yosemite Valley and surrounding region: "From The Missouri To The Pacific...XVI" "Yosemite--Its Discovery--Our Party--View From Inspiration Point--Entering the Valley" & more.
The report begins: "See Yosemite and die! I shall not try to descr... See More
THE PENNSYLVANIA PACKET & DAILY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, March 8, 1788 Pages 2 and 3 contain some nice reporting on discussions within New York and New Hampshire on work towards ratifying the proposed Constitution.
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed, some loss at the bottom margins but not close to any text, minor margin wear, generally nice.
This case involves James Somersett, an American slave purcha... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, April, 1733 Page 4 has a very early & terrific letter from James Oglethorpe, headed: "Extract of Mr. Oglethorpe's Letter to the Trustees for Establishing the Colony of Georgia, dated from the Camp at Savannah, Feb. 10, 1732-3." in which he describes the area where he would create the town of Savannah, including : "...I fix'd... See More
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 29, 1826 The front page has some editorial comment concerning the recent deaths of both John Adams and Thomas Jefferson on the 50th anniversary of the 4th of July, taking over half of the page. Additional items are on the inside pages headed: "Adams and Jefferson" and "Honor To The Illustrious Dead!" with various reports on the ... See More
Certainly the most notable report in the 1st issue is the report of the sinking of the British ship H.M.S. Victory. A report dated February 5, 2009 from the "Best Syndication News" service brings this event into the 21st century with its breaking news reading: "The HMS Vict
NEW YORK HERALD, March 25, 1862 The most notable content within this issue is the very brief, but historic page 7 report of the death of Commodore (Admiral) Uriah P. Levy, the first U.S. Jewish Commodore, war of 1812 war hero, and credited as to having abolished the disciplinary procedure of flogging.
The front page has a map titled: "WHAT GENERAL BURNSIDE HAS ACCOMPLISHED, Scene of Op... See More