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

Item # 698596

June 04, 1887

THE ALASKAN, Sitka, Alaska Territory, June 4, 1887  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 ten years.
The format of the newspaper is much like other newspapers of the day, being four pages of small folio size (measures 13 by 20 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" (see photos for portions).
There is a wide variety of articles concerning Alaska and other items as well, plus a good number of advertisements. Page 2 has a lengthy editorial concerning the growth of development in Alaska, beginning: "The large shipments of freight being brought up from the south to Alaskan ports augur well for the advancement of the territory & show unmistakably that its business is increasing...".
Four pages, never bound nor trimmed with wide margins, discrete archival strengthening across the horizontal folds on pages 2 & 3, very nice condition.

Item from Catalog 343 (released for June, 2024)

Category: The Old West