Newspaper error editions… by Rick Brown

August 27, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

An Authentic Issue

Rick Brown at provides some interesting information regarding a couple of known error editions, including the highly collectible “Dewey Defeats Truman” issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune:

The Eleven Editions of the November 3, 1948 Chicago Daily Tribune
You’ve heard of the famous error paper “Dewey Defeats Truman”. Well, they produced ten more error headlines that day.

The Story Behind the “Dewey Defeats Truman” error issue
You’ve heard of the edition, but how did it happen? You’ll find the answer here.

The Tilden-Hayes Election of 1876
“Dewey Defeats Truman” was not the only presidential election error headline. Here’s another one.

Thanks, Rick, for your ongoing contributions to the hobby.

Rick Brown’s Primer on Collecting Old & Historic Newspapers…

July 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Several year’s ago, a newspaper enthusiast by the name of Rick Brown had a passion to spread the love of collecting “history in your hands… from the day it was first reported”.  One of his efforts was to print a newsletter for the hobby.  An early entry was a primer on collecting newspapers.  While many of the prices are out-of-date, we invite you to enjoy this original contribution to the hobby:  Primer on Collecting Old & Historic Newspapers

We will continue to post additional contributions to the collectible experience in future posts.

Cool site of the day: Get a dose of US history…

June 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Kim Komando recently wrote an article for Fox News (posted on their website) which focused on the historic value of rare newspapers… and made specific mention of the wealth of information available through the Library of Congress. Please enjoy:  Cool Site of the day: Get a dose of history

Start Spreading the News…

March 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Stephanie Finnegan from TREASURES MAGAZINE – Antique to Modern Collecting recently interviewed Tim Hughes for an article which was printed in the February, 2012 issue.  A copy of the article is below.  Thanks and appreciation goes out to Stephanie for her fine work.

A gem in the American Antiquarian Society… The Michigan Essay…

January 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In celebration of its 20oth anniversary the American Antiquarian Society published a beautiful  exhibition catalog titled “In Pursuit Of A Vision – Two Centuries of Collecting at the American Antiquarian Society”. Featured are a fascinating array of books, documents, maps & other paper ephemera, as well as several very rare & unusual newspapers we felt worthy of sharing with our Rare & Early Newspapers’ collectors (with permission from the A.A.S.).

Michigan Essay; or, The Impartial Observer“, Detroit Michigan, August 31, 1809

Isaiah Thomas devoted substantial space in The History of Printing in America (Cat.9) to a history of American serial publications, closing with an eight-page census of newspapers “Published in the United States in the beginning of the year 1810.” Thomas sought help in its compilation in March 1810 by placing a widely reprinted notice in The Massachusetts Spy, requesting publishers “to forward one or two of their papers … that the right titles of their several Newspapers, may be correctly inserted.” Many responded, and the newspaper issues sent to Thomas were later donated to AAS.

This example — the first and only extant issue of the first Michigan newspaper — arrived too late for inclusion in Thomas’s checklist. The manuscript notation on the side reads, “Utica, (N.Y.) Aug. 3d 1810. Mr. Thomas, Sir I send you this paper printed by a friend of mine to insert in your ‘History of Printing.’ If he sees your advertisement, he will send more, perhaps of a later date. Your obt. Servt. C.S. McConnell.” The Michigan Essay was printed by James M. Miller on Michigan’s first press, brought to Detroit from Baltimore in 1809 by Father Gabriel Richard. Most of the text is in English, but a few articles and advertisements are in French.

Ideas on how to collect Rare & Early newspapers…

July 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

While we at Rare Newspapers’ History’s Newsstand Blog are committed to continually adding material to help support the hobby, every now and then we come across informative material produced by others.  Just recently we found a set of videos related to the collectible produced by  They may be viewed at:

Please enjoy!

Today’s Front Pages… a nice newspaper app…

May 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A newspaper collector recently brought to our attention a nice newspaper-related app:

“For iPhone and  iPad users there is a fantastic App for collectors. The Newseum has an App called Today’s Front Pages. It has a full page photo of every major and most minor papers in the US and many foreign papers for that current day. So on the day a major event hits the news I can check all the major papers or the paper where the event occurred and see if the page is something I want. You can only check the current day. Even many small town papers are represented including the Sun-Gazette. Great for collectors!” Steve. K.

While the majority of collectors wait for history to prove-out which headlines are worthy of collecting, this app will allow those on the cutting edge of future collectible to be a bit more proactive.  I’ve already downloaded the (free) app for use.  You can as well at:

Thanks Steve.  If your interest still remains in past events, feel free to browse headlines through time at:

Rare Newspapers found on The Freedom Trail…

April 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

As of April 15, 2011, the historic Freedom Trail welcomed Boston area’s 1st authentic colonial era print shop, The Printing Office of Edes & Gill.  While visiting, patrons will have the opportunity to engage living historians working their printers trade in pre-revolutionary Boston. These same printers were at the vanguard of citizen angst over British governmental policies that Bostonians felt violated their rights as Englishmen.  They offer unique personal encounters with history and colonial printing.  If you have the opportunity to visit Boston, make sure to pay a visit to this great new addition, located along the Freedom Trail at the historic Clough House, which is owned by and conveniently located adjacent to Old North Church.  While there, look for a few Rare & Early Newspapers from our archives.  In the meantime, enjoy their new website:  The Printing Office of Edes & Gill

Rare Newspapers found on the National Geographic Channel…

April 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Early this month National Geographic Channel surfers had the opportunity to add an authentic 19th century London Times with a report regarding Jack the Ripper to their personal collection, for no cost.  Three issues from the Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers Archives had been donated for use as prizes in the latest Mission Expedition featured on the National Geographic Channel’s website.  Although the “expedition” is over, the website shows great behind the scenes footage of how the project was created.  These interactive walks into the past also provide wonderful  opportunities to engage young budding historians.  To view the footage, go to:  National Geographic Channel: Mission Expedition.  the next expedition will be in October of 2011.

Featured website:

August 5, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

As collectors of historic newspapers, we are always on the lookout for websites which blend history with early newspaper reporting.  One such site is Archiving Early America.   It describes itself as follows:

Archiving Early America

Your Window To Early America

Here at Archiving Early America, you will discover a wealth of resources — a unique array of primary source material from 18th Century America. Scenes and portraits from original newspapers, maps, writings come to life on your screen just as they appeared to this country’s forebears more than two centuries ago.

As you browse through these pages, you will find it easier to understand the people, places and events of this significant time in the American experience.

We particularly appreciate Pages From The Past, which provides examples of various historic newspapers.  Although not directly related to newspapers, their digit library is also worthy of mention.  Enjoy.

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