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April 05, 1775
THE PENNSYLVANIA JOURNAL; AND THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, April 5, 1775 If there was one graphic which represented the spirit of the Revolutionary War it would have to be the ubiquitous segmented snake with the famous "Unite Or Die" caption. The engraving, a prominent device in the masthead of this newspaper, shows a snake cut into various pieces, each with a labe... See More
December 16, 1812
BOSTON PATRIOT, Dec. 16, 1812 Page 2 has: "Official Report To Brig. Gen. Smyth" signed by Geo. McFeeley commanding at Fort Niagara. This is a fine & very detailed account of the cannonading of Fort Niagara by the British, with the most notable portion being the report of the involvement of Betsy Doyle.
Within McFeeley's report is: "...An instance of extraordinary brav... 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
August 14, 1945
THE WILMINGTON NEWS--EXTRA, North Carolina, August 14, 1945 When it comes to huge, screaming headlines on the end of World War II they can't possibly get much better than this.
Taking about three-quarters of the front page, in letters 8 1/4 and 4 7/8 inches high, is: "JAPS QUIT ! " with subhead: "Truman Confirms War's End".
Given the pagination of the 4 pages be... See More
April 21, 1865
NEW YORK HERALD, April 21, 1865 Perhaps the most noteworthy coverage is the front-page details regarding various services being held at local synagogues - which includes the congregations at "B'nai Israel" "Bikur Cholim U-Kadisha Synagogue" and "Shaari [Shaare] Zedek" with each synagogue draped in mourning black.
It is quite unusual to find front page menti... See More
December 08, 1777
EDINBURGH EVENING COURANT, Scotland, Dec. 8, 1777 Certainly the most significant content is the page 2 report on the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga, a very much-needed victory for the American cause. Some of the reporting includes: "...arrived in town express...we are sorry to say that Government have received the melancholy accounts that General Burgoyne and his army have been... See More
December 27, 1783
THE EDINBURGH ADVRTISER, Scotland, Jan. 6, 1784 Certainly the most notable & historic content is the full text printing of: "General Washington's Farewell Orders to the Armies of the United States", a very historic & notable document datelined: "Rocky Hill, near Princetown, Nov. 2, 1783." It takes portions of both pages 2 and 3.
It reads in part: "...A c... 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
November 28, 1867
THE BALL PLAYERS' CHRONICLE, New York, Nov. 28, 1867 A very rare & desired title by any baseball collection as this was the first magazine in America devoted primarily to baseball.
Edited by the legendary Henry Chadwick, this paper lasted but 30 issues, from June 6 thru December 26, 1867 before changing its name to the 'American Chronicle' (which in turn lasted only 31 more)... See More
July 28, 1789
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 28, 1789
* A cornerstone issue for any cricket collection
The article is titled: "Cricket" which contains within a subtitle reading: "Laws of the Game" which takes the majority of the article. There is another smaller subhead reading: "Betts" which mentions wagering on the game. The prefatory paragraph reads:... See More
January 31, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE PHILADELPHIA MARKET-DAY ADVERTISER, January 31, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead features an engraving of the Royal coat... See More
January 24, 1778
THE PENNSYLVANIA LEDGER OR THE WEEKLY ADVERTISER, Philadelphia, Jan. 24, 1778
* Revolutionary War Tory original
* Rare Pro British issue from America
* General George Washington & more
This was a Tory newspaper published in Philadelphia when the British occupied the city. It began in 1775 and ended when the British evacuated the city in May of 1778. Not surprisingly, the masthead... 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
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
April 17, 1912
OAKLAND TRIBUNE, California, April 17, 1912 A nice issue on the Titanic disaster with the banner head: " 'ALL WOMEN SAVED FROM WRECK' FLASHES WIRELESS" with a nice graphic showing the locality of the tragedy and insets of four people and a photo of the "Scout Cruiser Chester".
Subheads include: "Only 710 Said To Be Coming On Carpathia" "Franconia R... See More
July 15, 1863
XENIA TORCH-LIGHT, Ohio, July 15, 1863
* Battle of Gettysburg
* Capture of Vicksburg
* Uncommon publication
This weekly paper has much reporting from the Civil War, not surprisingly some nice coverage of the Battle of Gettysburg and the fall of Vicksburg.
The ftpg. has over a full column: "The Second Day of the Great Battle Near Gettysburg, Thursday, July 2d." Also: "... 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
April 29, 1865
FRANK LESLIE'S ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER, New York, Apr. 29, 1865 This issue remains one of the most desired for this historic, tragic event, as it is one of the only newspapers in the country which included a front page graphic showing the actual assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
Over half of the front page is taken up with a very dramatic print captioned: "Assassination of President ... See More
November 30, 1844
THE POLYNESIAN, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Nov. 30, 1844 One of the earliest newspapers we have offered from Hawaii, and fifteen years earlier than the few of this title we offered in recent years.
The "first series" of this title existed for just 1 1/2 years from 1840 to 1841. It proved unprofitable and was shut down. The editor reestablished the paper under the same title... See More
April 16, 1836
NILES' REGISTER, Baltimore, April 16, 1836 An inside page contains a fine report on one of the more famous battles of the entire 19th century, immortalized by the John Wayne movie & remade on the big screen in recent years as well.
Headed: "FROM TEXAS--Fall Of San Antonio and Massacre of the Texian Troops" this report gives the details of the Battle of the Alamo thro... See More
January 08, 1782
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Jan. 8, 1782 Apparently a quite unusual broadside edition as the issue is single sheet with the back page blank. If page 2 had text I would suspect that the back leaf was missing, but the ftpg. text concludes on the front page and the reverse is entirely blank.
The ftpg. has an item including: "...from Paris...that the King ... See More
October 09, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Oct. 9, 1781
* Surrender of Cornwallis nears
* Siege of Yorktown prelude
* Revolutionary War ending close
The entire front page and a column on page 2 are taken up with: "A Memorial to their High Mightinesses, the States-General of the United Provinces of the Low Countries". It is signed in type by John Adams wh... See More
May 08, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, May 8, 1781 All of the front page is taken up with reports from: "London - House of Lords" which includes some comments about the war in America, mentioning in part: "...Were we better now in America than we were? His Grace apprehended not; we had lost the only port that was worth keeping. The French had taken posse... See More
February 27, 1781
THE CONNECTICUT COURANT & WEEKLY INTELLIGENCER, Hartford, Feb. 27, 1781
* General Benedict Arnold joins the British
* American Revolutionary War - Major Andre
The front page features a letter from Sir Henry Clinton to Lord George Germaine from New York, noting in part: "...the honor of informing your Lordship that the American Major-General Arnold had quitted the rebel servic... See More
May 27, 1779
THE AMERICAN JOURNAL & GENERAL ADVERTISER, Providence, Rhode Island, May 27, 1779 A truly rare title from the Revolutionary War, as it lasted for less than 1 1/2 years from March, 1779 to August, 1781. This issue is volume 1, number 11.
The front page reports on a letter "...from a tory in England to his friend in New York, written in cypher...Upon deciphering it, it was found that... See More
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