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Catalog 300: 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 300: Guy's Favorites
One 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...<br /> <br /> 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.
June 01, 1881
(3) SCRIBNER'S MONTHLY, New York, for June, July & August of 1881 Offered is an original printing of: "A Rainy Day With Uncle Remus", by Joel Chandler Harris, split over three volumes (June-August, 1881). To the best of our knowledge, this was written for Scribner's Magazine.
Other articles, poetry, etc. from the era are found throughout.
This three-issue set is... See More
Item #674508SCRIBNER'S MONTHLY, New York, May, 1881 Starting on page 89 and continuing on to page 106 is "Impressions of Thomas Carlyle in 1848", by Ralph Waldo Emerson. In many ways it serves as a eulogistic tribute to his great friend. Only portions of this lengthy article are provided in the images, but hopefully enough is present for one to capture Emerson's heart.
Additional... See More
January 16, 1966
THE NEW YORK TIMES, January 16, 1966
* Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird joins court case
* Kasturba Gandhi tries to win leadership roll in India
Page 82 contains the heading: "Harper Lee Twits School Board in Virginia for Ban on Her Novel", followed by an explanation on how she humiliated the school board saying, "To hear the novel is immoral has m... See More
February 24, 1931
LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, Massachusetts, February 5, 1931 The the page has an article: "BILLY SUNDAY IN BOSTON AGAIN", describing the brilliance and public acceptance of Billy Sunday and his antics.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day.
Complete in 8 pages, somewhat fragile, but overall generally good. See images for details.... See More
November 18, 1918
SPRINGFIELD REPUBLICAN, Mass., November 18, 1918
* Thanksgiving Proclamation by Woodrow Wilson
* Death-count from the Spanish Flu continues to rise
The top of the front page has 2 column heading: "THANKSGIVING PROCLAMATION" and an article titled: "TOLL OF THE EPIDEMIC - GREATER THAN IN WAR", dealing with the Spanish Flu. Nice to see the encouragement to b... See More
May 27, 1918
THE MORNING STAR, Wilmington, North Carolina, May 27, 1918 The front page has: "Bible Which Saved His Life to be Given U.S. by Soldier Wilson". There are many wartime stories concerning a soldier's life being saved by a Bible in his pocket, but this soldier gifted his Bible to the U.S. government. A wonderful wartime story!
Complete in 8 pages, fragile (typical for... See More
June 25, 1870
TRANS-CONTINENTAL, San Francisco, California, June 25, 1870 This is a very fascinating newspaper, borne in the ingenious mind of a publisher who decided to take a small printing press on board the first transcontinental railroad excursion and publish 6 issues westbound and 6 issues eastbound. Printed on a Gordon press in the baggage car, it is considered the very first newspaper compos... See More
July 03, 1863
NEW YORK HERALD, July 3, 1863 A terrific front page with great and graphic coverage of the first day's battle at the very significant Battle of Gettysburg.
The ftpg. includes two war-related maps headed: "The Battle Of Gettysburg. Scene of the Battle of Wednesday, July 1--The Cavalry Fight." and the other headed: "Our Occupation of Carlisle, Pa. The Barracks and Gas Works... See More
January 01, 1942
COURIER EXPRESS, (no city), November 4, 1940 We've all seen newspapers used as props in movies, typically with a headline relating to the plot of the movie. Obviously created exclusively for the production of the movie, they are quite rare and seldom come on the collector's market--particular issues from the "golden age of Hollywood".
I am not aware of what motion picture ... See More
September 08, 1862
THE MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL, Grenada, Mississippi, Sept. 8, 1862 If the title and city of publication seem to disagree, they do not. This newspaper had a fascinating history during the Civil War.
Memphis was a Confederate stronghold up through the Battle of Memphis on June 6, 1862, at which time the Yankees moved in and it became a Yankee city. Being a strong voice for the Confederacy, the &qu... See More
January 14, 1938
NEW YORK TIMES, January 14, 1938 Page 21 contains a very nice, detailed, and lengthy review of the new animated feature-length movie "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the very first by Walt Disney. The very favorable review begins: "Sheer fantasy, delightful, gay and altogether captivating, touched the screen yesterday when Walt Disney's long-awaited feature-length cartoo... See More
December 28, 1932
NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 28, 1932 The middle of the front page has one column heads: "RADIO CITY PREMIERE IS A NOTABLE EVENT" "Many Prominent New Yorkers at Opening Show in the Huge Music Hall" "6,200 Seats Filled as Spectators of Stage and Auditorium Cast a Colorful Spell" and more, continuing inside with related photos. This report is likely only found in a New Yo... See More
November 22, 1922
CHICAGO DAILY TRIBUNE, Nov. 22, 1922 Near the middle of the front page are one column heads: "FIRST WOMAN U.S. SENATOR SEATED" "Mrs. Felton of Georgia to Answer One Roll Call".
The report begins: "Mrs. W. H. Felton of Georgia took the oath of office today as the first woman United States senator...". Although notable being the first woman to serve in the Senate... See More
November 05, 1825
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 5, 1825 Perhaps the most notable event reported is headed: "FROM BUFFALO" which tells of the first vessel--The Seneca Chief--to traverse the new Erie Canal. Although brief, the event was quite historic.
Other news found within include an early American execution, cannibalism, a mention of German-Jews, a letter from John Quincy Adams, The... See More
August 04, 1849
SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Aug. 4, 1849 Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...The Crescent City brings $230,000 in specie...that probably $300,000 would cover all the gold dust on board...one opinion among the passengers with regard to the gold in California; it is still found in great quantities...There was no sickness at the mines.... See More
January 19, 1802
THE BALANCE & COLUMBIAN REPOSITORY, Hudson, New York, Jan. 19, 1802 Much of pages 2 & 3 are taken up with: "Examination Of The President's Message, Number III" signed in type by: Lucius Crassus, the pen name of Alexander Hamilton.
A website notes: "Hamilton’s “Examination of Jefferson’s Message to Congress of December 7, 1801” in which... See More
Item #668662THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, July, 1784 The issue begins with a description of a medal created in honor of the late Capt. Cook and which is accompanied by a plate of it.
The front page also has an article: "Canoe of the Sandwich Islands Described (which is Hawaii), also accompanied by a great foldout plate, more typically lacking.
Another article of interest is: "Memoirs... See More
April 07, 1865
THE LIBERATOR, Boston, April 7, 1865 This is the famous anti-slavery newspaper by famed abolitionist publisher William Lloyd Garrison. The masthead features two engravings, one of a slave auction and the other showing slaves being emancipated.
A fine issue from the closing days of the Civil War. The most notable content is the report on the capture of Richmond which includes: "Rejoicin... See More
July 21, 1876
THE WHEELING DAILY INTELLIGENCER, West Virginia, July 21, 1876 Page 3 has a column headed: "Custar's Attack on the Sioux" which reads much like a eulogy.
Bits include: "on the banks of the Little Big Horn...sleep to-day the flower of the American army...Custar [sic] in his brave but disastrous charge..." with much more, taking over one-third of a column.
The ftpg. h... See More
June 08, 1839
THE DAILY GEORGIAN, Savannah, June 8, 1839 A rather uncommon title from the South 22 years before the Civil War. Various news & ads of the day with several slave reward ads, one being a bit unusual in the detail: "Stolen...by a Negro man named George belonging to John C Neal, the following negroes..." with details on them.
Four pages, just a bit of light damp staining to... See More
October 09, 1849
DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Oct. 9, 1849 A great issue concerning Mormon history has page 3 has a nearly full column article headed: "State Of Deseret" with much on their efforts to gain statehood from the U.S. government. Included are various items in their proposed Constitution which they will submit. The name of the state is to be Deseret.
A wealth of fine, ... See More
Item #667380THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1731 There are several notable articles in this issue, including over a full page on: "...an Historical and Law-Treatise Against Jews and Judaism, published some years since."
Another significant item is one of the earliest reports to be had on what would be the creation of the Georgia colony, headed: "A true Account of a new Co... See More
December 08, 1827
NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 8, 1827 Page 7 has an updated list of the members of the House and Senate, which includes of David Crockett with acknowledgment of him being a new member. This is the earliest mention of him in a nationally distributed newspaper we have seen to-date.
Also within are several pages containing the full text of President John Quincy Adam's state-o... See More
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, June, 1753 This issue contains a great full page print of: "St. Philip's Church in Charles Town, South Carolina" with just a small bit of text on it on the facing page reading: "The church is esteemed one of the most regular & complete structures of the kind in America. The design was sent us from Charles-Town [Charleston] where... See More
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