Snapshot 1863… same-year review of “Les Misérables”…

July 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 
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The following snapshot comes from The Atlantic Monthly, July, 1863

 

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The July (2018) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

July 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 
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Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The July, 2018 newsletter:

Welcome to the July edition of our monthly newsletter. This month we highlight a few newly discovered gems – those listed in the subject line among them, a few interesting posts, a set of discounted items added to last month’s offerings, and more.

Newly Discovered Items – A rare Lincoln speech, a pre-Emancipation Proclamation general order for emancipation, newly discovered pre-Rev war coverage of tensions in America, significant but under the radar Jewish-themed coverage (re: General Grant’s famous General order), and another announcing the first Jewish-American to hold a [presidential) cabinet position, and more: New Items

 

Discounted Newspapers (50% off) Over 200 items have been *discounted by 50% through August 16, 2018. Take advantage.

Catalog 272 – Enjoy the remaining items from our latest catalog of historic newspapers.



Recent Listings
– Over 300 new items listed since the catalog above went to print.

History’s Newsstand Blog (featured posts):
Additional posts from the past several weeks may be viewed at: History’s Newsstand Blog

 

Thanks for collecting with us.


Sincerely,

Guy & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team

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Israeli Statehood – You can learn something new every day…

July 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 
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Which major power was the first to recognize the Statehood of Israel? Perhaps it was my arrogance, naivety, or a blend of both which led me to believe the United States would hold this position, but the err in my thinking was brought to light as I read a front page article in The Raleigh Times (May 18, 1948), which revealed that although the U.S. was the first to do so vocally, the first country to formally recognize Israeli Statehood was Russia. As a matter of fact, Venezuela, Romania, France, and a host of other countries formalized their recognition before the United States, who didn’t do so formally until the end of January – nearly 9 months later. If this were the Olympics, the United States, holding the 20th position, would be in the stands watching Russia, the Czech Republic, and Nicaragua receive their medals on the victor’s stand.

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Snapshot 1827… Fourth of July – New York abolishes slavery…

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The following snapshot comes from the July 9, 1827 issue of The Connecticut Courant, Hartford

 

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The Traveler… early Sodoku?…

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Today’s journey took me to London, England, by the means of The Gentleman’s Magazine of July, 1768. I found an interesting plate entitled “A Magic Square of Squares” with an accompanying article “Surprising Properties of Numbers placed in Dr. Franklin’s Magic Square of Squares”. This is an interesting puzzle by Benjamin Franklin. “The great square is divided into 256 small squares, in which all the numbers from 1 to 256 are placed in 16 columns, which may be taken either horizontally or vertically. The properties are as follows: 1. The sum of the 16 numbers in each column vertical or horizontal, is 2056. 2. Every half column, vertical and horizontal, makes 1028, or half 2056. 3 Half a diagonal ascending, added to half a diagonal descending, makes 2056; taking these half diagonals from the ends of any side of the square to the middle thereof, and so reckoning them either upward or downward; or sidewise from left to right hand, or from right to left…”

The information continues with this sounding like a very early Sodoku puzzle!

~The Traveler

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Announcing: Catalog #272 (for July, 2018) is now available…

June 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 
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http://images.rarenewspapers.com.s3.amazonaws.com/ebayimgs/Webs/Catalog-Rare-Newspapers.jpgRare Newspapers’ monthly offering of collectible newspapers, Catalog 272, is now available. This latest collection of authentic newspapers is comprised of nearly 350 new items. Some of the noteworthy content includes: a great set from Washington on the Dred Scott Decision, a London newspaper on the coronation of the king and queen, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, the first issue after printing the Declaration of Independence (from Philadelphia!), the Battle of Gettysburg (from close to the battlefield), a splendid map of America from 1763, and more.

To view the above key issues and a whole lot more, go to: Catalog 272

(The catalog links above will redirect to the latest catalog in approx. 30 days, upon which time it will update to the most recent catalog.)

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Rare Judaica Collectibles Spanning Three Centuries – 1600’s, 1700’s, & 1800’s…

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Although we rarely use this forum to highlight items being offered for sale – especially when posted as auction items, however all three authentic publications are rather unique and highly desirable:

1670 – The Jews Are Banished From Vienna (Austria)

1778 – A Rare Print from the inside of the Synagogue at Amsterdam showing the celebration of Rosh Hashanah – “The Sounding of the Ram’s Horn” (note: we’d love to know which synagogue is shown)

1865 – Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest synagogue in the United States, mourns the death of Abraham Lincoln

From their ongoing quest to be accepted, to full acceptance demonstrated through their response to tragedy, with a rare, intimate, and illustrated look at one of their holy days sandwiched in-between, this set of issues certainly provides a broad-brush perspective of a people whose mark on history far surpasses their size. While the links above will expire once the auctions have ended, the links below will remain active indefinitely. Enjoy.

 

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Taking a stand… often at a cost…

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What do Michael Jones, Sandy Koufax, Eric Liddell, and Hakeem Olajuwon all have in common? They are all major athletes who made professional sacrifices due to their faith. In some cases the sacrifices made had only a minimal cost, but in others the cost was quite significant. This reality was recently brought to our attention through the eyes of a Detroit News from October 3, 1965. It tells of Sandy Koufax not being available to start the 1st game of the World Series due to his observance of Yom Kipper. Although the article states it really wasn’t a big deal, his missing the first game would mean he would not be available to pitch 3 times if the series took 7 games, unless he pitched with only 2 days rest – rarely a successful venture. After his team lost the first two games of the series, it sure appeared as if his decision would prove quite costly. However, in the end, he did pitch game 7 on only 2 days rest – won the game, and was named the Series MVP. However, what if they had lost? What about others who’s teams have lost or they themselves were excluded from major events due to their faith? Do you think many ever regret their decision to put their faith first? I’m guessing no, but perhaps others know otherwise.

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The June (2018) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

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Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The June, 2018 newsletter:

Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter. John Wilkes Booth performs at Ford’s Theater in 1863 and a newspaper with Lincoln’s last speech and last Proclamation – both in Washington, D.C. papers, a focus on original literature (Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Lord Byron, and several from Walt Whitman), a flashback to more innocent days, and a new set of issues discounted by 50%… All of these and more are shown in detail below.

Two (new) Highly Collectible/Rare Items (both Washington D.C. papers)…
Great (newly discovered) Literary Items – Among a handful of new items are several issues with the 1st or rare appearances of works by Walt Whitman, reactions and follow-up events related to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (by Harriet Beecher Stowe – including a review done in part by Charles Dickens, John Greenleaf Whittier, Lord Byron, and although jumping a generation or tow, Ellery Queen: Literary Interest (and more)

 

Discounted Newspapers (50% off) Over 200 items have been *discounted by 50% through July 12, 2018. The items already reflect the discount. The available content includes: regarding the death of Jesse James, both Kennedy and Johnson were shot (?), a handful of Confederate issues, Kennedy is still alive (?), a great CW era map of Richmond (a “doomed” city), the Hindenburg a year before the explosion, among the earliest of automobile ads (1898), and more.

Catalog 271 – Enjoy the remaining items from our latest catalog of historic newspapers.

Recent/New Listings – Over 300 new items listed since the catalog above went to print.

History’s Newsstand Blog – Featured Post: – Innocence… Flag Day 1921 – This Flag Day themed post, in our opinion, is worthy of a gander. Additional posts from the past several weeks may be viewed at: History’s Newsstand Blog

 

Thanks for collecting with us.

Sincerely,

Guy & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team

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Innocence… Flag Day 1921

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One of the understated, yet profound beauties of the American experiment is self-government is not that everything is perfect; rather, its the built in mechanisms which enable peaceful positive change over time. At time the wheels of progress move all-too-slowly, but they move. The presence of political and social tension are not signs of weakness, but are part and parcel of how we function in a (hopefully) civil, free society. For most the flag represents not perfection – but the ideals which provide avenues for change. It is with these thoughts in mind in the face of current tensions that I was struck by the innocence of the moment captured on the front page of The Omaha Sunday Bee’s Rotogravure Section for June 12, 1921. Something about it seems pure and right. Whether you agree, or agree to disagree, perhaps a day will come when our children, or our children’s children, will pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our right to do so. Happy Flag Day!

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