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Rare and very early from the "Alaska Territory"...

Item # 664597

July 17, 1886

THE ALASKAN, Sitka, Alaska Territory, July 17, 1886 

* Very rare Alaska Territorial issue

Rarely are newspapers from Alaska found from before the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897 when interest grew dramatically. This newspaper pre-dates the gold rush by over ten years. This is the volume one, number 37 issue of this title.
The format of the newspaper is much like other newspapers of the day, being four pages of small folio size (measures 12 3/4 by 20 1/4 in.).
The front page has an interesting article about the Eskimos, titled: "From Kodiak" which begins: "The so-called summer season is rapidly advancing in this central region of Alaska, but winter seems to cling to us with highly disagreeable persistency..." with much more, taking over a full column and signed: "Eskimo.
There is a wide variety of articles concerning Alaska and other items as well, plus a good number of advertisements. The front page has an ad headed: "How To Reach Alaska".
This issue is complete, printed on high-quality cotton/linen newsprint, has minimal browning at an upper fold on the front page only. There is a news agent's stamp just above the masthead. Generally in very nice condition.

Category: The Old West