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Rare, early Colorado newspaper on pink "necessity" paper...



Item # 612086

October 04, 1864

THE DAILY ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS, Denver, Colorado, Oct. 4, 1864  Not only is this a very rare issue on several accounts, but it is also a territorial newspaper as Colorado did not join the Union until 1876. This is the earliest Colorado newspaper we have offered, as an issue from 1867 was sold some years ago. Additionally, this newspaper was printed on "necessity paper", being pink tissue paper, due to the lack of typical newsprint at the time. Scarcity of newspaper was not uncommon, particularly in the western portions of the country, as most paper mills were in the Northeast. See this hyperlink which mentions: "...When the Indian outbreak caused an embargo on traffic over the Western plains in 1864-5, he frequently ran out of white paper, and in such emergencies he printed the news on wrapping paper gathered from Denver stores...".
The front page has an advertising supporting: "For President, ABRAHAM LINCOLN. For Vice President, ANDREW JOHNSON" The ftpg. also has various Civil War reports.
Complete as a single sheet newspaper, printed on very thin tissue paper with a pinkish tint. Although quite flimsy it is not the least bit fragile. There are several very discrete archival mends to the back page. Minor loss at the spine margin affects just 2 letters on the back page and no text on the front page.
A terrific rarity on several accounts.

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