May 13, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
Rare & original newspapers have always been an excellent resource for capturing the context, contemporary response, and details of historic events. This truth was brought home recently via Todd Andrlik's, "Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News
". Moving slightly into the future, Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (retired) George W. Emery does the same in his work, "In Their Own Words - The Navy Fights The War Of 1812
". Yet again we are reminded that "History is never more fascinating than when it's read from the day it was first reported." Additional details worth exploring may be found at:
Thanks for this latest contribution which brings the past into the present through the eyes of those who experienced the War of 1812 first-hand.
May 10, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
One of the biggest surprises--and a pleasant one--novice collectors of newspapers discover is that the oldest newspapers they purchase, those from before 1870, are in much better condition than the more recent "old" newspapers of the late 19th or 20th centuries. How could this be?
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It's all in the paper. and I literally mean in the paper. Prior to the 1870's, newsprint was primarily made of cotton & linen fibers. It was handmade and very dependent upon the raw ingredients being available, which was not always the case. It was common to find newspaper advertisements seeking "rags" for the printer, to be used to make the paper upon which the newspaper was printed. Equally as common would be a note from the printer that an issue would have fewer pages or be skipped altogether due to the lack of newsprint. "Rag" paper, as it is called, was not an inexpensive or easily made commodity.
Typically, the older the newspaper, the better the quality. It is not uncommon to find newspapers from the 1680's which are very white, relatively thick, and extremely pliable. They can be bent, folded, creased, wrinkled and no harm will be done. Do the same to a newspaper of the 1890's or early 20th century and it will crack and crumble. I recall some years ago a novice customer returning an issue of the London newspaper "The Observator
", 1683, because he claimed "it looked to new to possibly be over 300 years old". I could not convince him otherwise. Newsprint of 300 years ago simply does not yellow. We occasionally receive similar feedback from similar titles: The Spectator
, The Post-Boy
, and more. Even a select number of 20th century papers were printed on rag linen as well, typically for use in institutions.
Such handmade paper, particularly that used in the 17th and 18th centuries, can be distinguished from paper made later by holding it up to a light and looking for “chain-lines” which are left from the wires in the paper mold. With this method, fewer fibers accumulate directly on the wire, so the paper is slightly thinner and more transparent to light. This pattern is usually very apparent and appears as lines that run about an inch apart, with several horizontal short lines connecting the long wire lines. Some modern paper has artificially-applied chain lines, and is usually referred to as “laid” paper, which is the name given to handmade chain-line paper.
The handmade chain-line paper made of cotton and linen rags which were soaked in liquid until the fibers broke down into very small bits. Paper was formed by hand by dipping a paper mold into the fiber suspension, and then lifting and shaking off the excess water. The paper sheet was then partially dried before being removed from the mold. Modern handmade paper (used in fine printing of small editions by private presses, as well as in artists books) is basically made by the same process.
The high quality of newsprint was an expensive process & caused newspaper subscriptions to be beyond the means of the average citizen. Consequently holdings of newspapers are relatively small. They were never printed in huge quantities because they cost too much to be widely purchased by the populace. And keep in mind that the percentage of literate people in the 18th and early 19th centuries was not what it is today.
The use of "rag paper" for the publishing of early newspapers is one of the great joys of this hobby. Early newspapers--including issues dating back to the Revolutionary War and beyond--need very little care to maintain their state of preservation. We keep such issues on open shelves where they have been for years to no harm. They can be handled & read from beginning to end without risk of damage or harm. Truly, a collector can hold history in his hands, enhancing the tactile experience this hobby enjoys beyond others where "do not touch" is more the norm.
Another benefit of rag paper is that it allows for easy detection of reprint or facsimile newspapers. A common question crossing our desk is "are you sure it is a genuine newspaper?" or "is my newspaper genuine or not?" When I authenticate newspapers one of the easiest determinants is the quality of paper. If the newsprint is browned or yellowed and fragile to the touch, chances are exceedingly good it is not a pre-1870 newspaper (although there are exceptions). Newspapers from the Revolutionary War should not crack when folded or creased.
The vast majority of reprint or facsimile newspapers on the market were never meant to deceive the collector but rather were anniversary issues, done 50, 100 or 200 years after a significant event, or in celebration of the very first edition of that title. They were often give-aways to subscribers. The "New York Herald" of April 15, 1865 is perhaps the most commonly found reprint newspaper, and most fail the rag paper test; they are much to browned or fragile to have been printed in 1865.
It was the industrial revolution of the latter half of the 19th century which resulted in the technology to create newsprint from wood pulp and chemicals. It was a welcomed innovation for publishers as newsprint become much less expensive to make, but it began the downfall for long-term preservation. But then, newspapers were never intended to last more than a day. Another issue would be on the streets for the consumer the next morning, to the delight of publishers across the country.
March 28, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
I would argue that beyond the Civil War
, the era of American history which evokes the most interest among our collectors is unquestionably the Revolutionary War
. With a cast of characters who still rank among the most memorable in history—Washington
, and more—and a plot, which if it were not true history would serve as an excellent screenplay for an exciting movie—an oppressed, energized people seek to break free from the reigns of oppression and dominance from abroad—it is easy to see how the events of the Revolutionary War
continue to intrigue and offer a foundation upon which to reflect as today’s world grapples with many of the same issues despite the 230+ years which distance us from those notable events.
And what could be better than experiencing those events just as those who lived through them? Newspapers offer that opportunity. Genuine issues, once held and read by those who lived through those turbulent days before being relegated to the back shelves of libraries, are now part of the inventory of Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers
. And at prices which might surprise many (see Revolutionary War issues for $60 and under
), as a hobby which is relatively unknown to the collecting world has yet to cause demand and scarcity to drive prices beyond the means of the average collector. Of course, there are still many that fall into the category of what we refer to as, "The Best of the Best - Revolutionary War Edition
Of significance is that British titles, which offer excellent coverage of all American events given their role in attempting to placate the demands of the Americans while maintaining control of their colonies
, allow ownership of battle reports of the war for under $100, with
some very notable events in the $200-$300 range. American newspapers remain among the most desired but their scarcity is reflected in their prices. With a collection of the “Pennsylvania Evening Post
” which included the Declaration of Independence
bringing $600,000 in auction recently, it would amaze many that the same document is available in London’s “Gentleman’s Magazine” issue of August, 1776
(took news 3-4 weeks to traverse the Atlantic) for under $4,000. Other disproportionate prices between British and American newspapers entice many to gravitate to the British titles while prices and availability remain attractive.
The “London Chronicle
” is one of the better British titles in reporting the Revolutionary War
. From the Battle of Lexington and Concord
, to Bunker Hill
, Battle of New York
, Washington crossing the Delaware, treason of Benedict Arnold
, Guilford Court House,
’ surrender at Yorktown
, this newspaper offers coverage which equals the American newspaper accounts. In fact many British reports were taken verbatim from American newspapers. Of equal quality in report news of the day was the “Edinburgh Evening Courant
” from Scotland as I have found all events of the Revolutionary War to be reported in this title as well. Other UK titles which covered the war include “The Glocester Journal
”, “Aris’s Birmingham Gazette
”, the “Edinburgh Advertiser
” and the “Glasgow Mercury
” to name a few.
But perhaps the best and most available title of the Revolutionary War period would be the “Gentleman’s Magazine
” from London, it having a long printing history from 1731 to the 20th
century so it encompasses not just the Revolutionary War in great detail by the entire scope of American history. As an added treat this title typically included one of more plates within each issue, which included maps as well. And during the years of the Revolutionary War
were found many maps of American colonies
, battle sites as well as large foldout maps showing the entire scope of the united colonies at that time. The maps
alone have found a keen interest among collectors, separate from the issues in which they were stored for over 200 years. As is true with the British titles mentioned, “Gentleman’s
” included all notable events and documents, including the Articles of Confederation
, the Causes and Necessity For Taking Up Arms, all major battles of the war thru the treaty between Washington
, and even the document by King George III
which officially ended the war. And all the major names of the war from both the British and American sides have found their way into the pages of “Gentleman’s Magazine
American titles are available as well. Some of the more rare would be those from the South which are virtually impossible to find, and when they do surface their prices are beyond the means of most collectors. Some of the more commonly found titles would be the “Pennsylvania Evening Post
” from Philadelphia, the “Pennsylvania Ledger
” “Boston Gazette
” (which featured an engraving by Paul Revere
in the masthead), “The Pennsylvania Gazette
” and “Pennsylvania Packet
” among others. And dipping back a few years before the outbreak of the war, when tensions were building with much evidence in the newspapers of the day, the “Pennsylvania Chronicle
” and the “Boston Chronicle
” offer excellent insight into events of the day from the years 1767-1769 for under $200 for most issues.
Regardless of your interest in the Revolutionary War
, whether it be the famous names that came to prominence, the battles of the war, or a focus on a singular event or locality, genuine newspapers of the day are available for the collector. It is a hobby with limitless possibilities, and offers a unique opportunity to literally hold history in your hands.
March 25, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
A genuine collectible, over 300 years old, for $60 or less
. Is there a field of collecting today which has items of such age-- in nice condition--for $60? The hobby of collecting rare & historic newspapers likely sits at the top of what must
be a very short list. And such prices, along with tremendous availability of titles & content, are part of the intrigue of this fascinating hobby which remains unknown to almost everyone. And this, in large part, is the reason prices are outrageously low in comparison to the relative rarity of other collectibles. While issues do run the gamut price-wise from newsbooks
(at the upper end) to coffeehouse newspapers
(typically at the lower end), it is a fascinating field for the historical hobbyist on a budget ($20 and under
The 'London Gazette
' is the world's oldest continually published newspaper, having begun in 1665 and is still publishing today. With such historical depth you would expect to find virtually every major event in world history within its pages, and you would be right. The Great Plague
and Great London Fire
, William Penn
being granted land in the New World, the death of noted pirate Captain Kidd
, the battles of the French & Indian War
and Revolutionary War
and so much more are found in not only this title but other newspapers of the era. First reports of such notable events can sell in the thousands of dollars, but an interesting facet of this hobby is that follow-up reports of a few days later can fall well within the comfort level of the average collector.
Both age and graphic appeal come together in the London 'Post-Boy
' newspaper, with issues from the 1718-1725 period featuring two ornate engravings in the masthead in addition to a very decorative first letter of the text. Add to this the relative small size of this single sheet newspaper and you have a terrific item for display for under $55.
With American newspapers not beginning until the first decade of the 18th century (one title was published in 1690 but lasted just one day), and most American newspapers through the Revolutionary War
being very rare, British titles are an excellent source for collecting all the notable events not only in American history, but in world history as well. And the reporting was often extensive, for remember that the colonies
were part of Great Britain through 1776.
The ‘London Chronicle
’ was a popular British newspaper which documented amongst its pages virtually all American events since its founding during the French & Indian War
. Yet another periodical, the 'Gentleman's Magazine
', is an
excellent source for period reports of American events since its beginning in 1731, and one of its features was the printing of maps of all corners of the globe, many of which show North America and specific colonies. From James Oglethorpe's settling the colony
of Georgia, to Ben Franklin's
famous kite experiment, installation of the Liberty Bell, the enactment & repeal of the hated Stamp Act, all events of the Revolutionary War
, to the mutiny on the Bounty & so much more, the ‘Gentleman’s Magazine
’ offers a terrific repository of American and world history at very affordable prices. Plus, there are reports of Colonel George Washington
from 1754 when he was just 22 years old and relatively unknown, and for the music buffs there are works by the composers
Hayden, Handel, and death reports of Mozart and Beethoven within its pages. The early battles of Napoleon
& other European reports are logically found in this title as well.
While American newspapers of the Revolutionary War
and before are generally pricey, ranging in the $400 - $1000+ range, two notable exceptions exist being the ‘Boston Chronicle
’ and the ‘Pennsylvania Chronicle
’, both from the 1768-1769 years. Because their circulation was widespread they are among the more commonly held colonial titles by institutions, & consequently come on the market when libraries convert from hard copy to microfilm or digital. They detail the entire spectrum of American life from just before the Revolutionary War
while providing an interesting perspective on American politics during those critical years. Complete, genuine issues are typically available for under $200.
American newspapers from after the American Revolution
become more available and at dramatically lower prices while still containing a wealth of notable content on the founding years of the federal government. The ‘Pennsylvania Packet
’ of Philadelphia
was one of the more successful titles, and was the very first to print the Constitution of the United States
. While that issue, September 19, 1787, ranks well into six figures,
dates surrounding it are typically found in the $45 - $80 range and offer a perspective of life in the city where and when the Constitution
was being created. The ‘Columbian Centinel
’ from Boston
was perhaps the most successful title in 18th
century America and its pages document the complete scope of America politics and life from 1785 thru Washington’s election
to his death
just weeks before the end of the century.
century American titles which are within the budgets of even the most modest collectors are the ‘Connecticut Courant
’, ‘Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser
’, ‘Gazette of the United States
’, the ‘Massachusetts Spy
’, and ‘The Herald, A Gazette For The Country
’ and others. Nice issues from the formative years of the federal government can be had for under $50 each.
While first reports of the most historic events of the 17th
centuries will always command top dollar among the most savvy of collectors, the hobby of collecting rare newspapers offers a tremendous wealth of issues at surprisingly low prices, while at the same time offering fascinating content on life only known to others through history books. And this hobby is one that offers the entire spectrum of political, economic, and social history to every collector. What other hobby can make that claim? But perhaps most importantly, this hobby let’s you hold—quite literally—history in your hands.
February 22, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
Slavery. The word itself stirs intense emotions for nearly all who hear it... even for those who have not been directly confronted with the institution. For some it brings feelings of guilt... "How could my forefathers have engaged in such activity?" For others it brings feelings of oppression... anger... and more. While many people groups have been subjected to this burdensome yoke of man through time, for Americans, none is quite as impacting as the enslavement of African Americans. In honor of Black History Month, Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers has created a Pinterest Board which takes a look back at a time in U.S. history when slavery was alive and (not so) well:
Additionally, we've arranged our available authentic newspapers related to Black Americana in chronological order (recent first) to provide a snapshot into the past for those interest in reviewing how slavery in general, and Black History more specifically, has been depicted in newspapers over the past few centuries. They may be viewed at:
February 15, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · 2 Comments
Additional recognition has been received for "Reporting the Revolutionary War
", by Todd Andrlik:
“Best American Revolution Book of 2012”
(February 5, 2013) NAPERVILLE, IL—Reporting the Revolutionary War claimed victory—as the best book of 2012 on the American Revolution!
Reporting the Revolutionary War: Before It Was History, It Was News (ISBN: 9781402269677; November 1, 2012; $39.99 U.S.; History; Hard Cover) by Todd Andrlik is being awarded the annual prize of best American Revolution book by The New York Revolutionary War Round Table.
This great honor puts Andrlik in the prestigious company of previous winners, including Maya Jasanoff, professor of history at Harvard’s Center for European Studies, for her book, Liberty’s Exiles: American Loyalists in the Revolutionary World; Benjamin L. Carp, professor of history at Tufts University, for Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America; Mary Beth Norton of Cornell University; Charles Bracelen Flood; and Thomas Fleming.
“I’m grateful to the New York Revolutionary War Round Table and thrilled to join such an impressive list of past recipients,” said Andrlik. “I had the privilege of speaking at the Round Table in December and learned from its members just how much this book transcends normal history circles, appealing to both amateur and professional historians as well as casual history enthusiasts.”
The New York Revolutionary War Round Table was founded in 1958 and is now in its fifty-fifth year. It meets five times a year to hear a talk by an author of a new book on the Revolutionary War.
“Seldom, if ever, have we welcomed a book with more power to carry us back to the days of 1776 with such compelling authenticity,” said The New York Revolutionary War Round Table in its February 2013 newsletter announcing the honor...
By the way, this Best American Revolution Book of 2012 comes on the heels of Barnes & Noble naming it one of the Best Books of 2012. Good stuff.
Congratulations Todd... we're very proud of your accomplishment!
January 28, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
The history of West Virginia newspapers dates some 70 years before West Virginia became a state. Statehood came late to West Virginia, carved from Virginia in the midst of the Civil War, happening officially on June 20, 1863. But its first newspaper began in 1790 when Nathaniel Willis began his “Potowmac Guardian & Berkeley Advertiser
” at Shepherd’s-Town, near Harper’s Ferry. Less than two years later Willis moved the newspaper to Martinsburg.
The second newspaper was the “Shepherd’s Town, Charles-Town and County Advertiser
” begun by Philip Rootes and Charles Blagrove on June 28, 1797. No copies beyond October 11, 1797 have been located. The third newspaper was the “Berkeley Intelligencer
” done at Martinsburg on April 3, 1799 by John Alburtis. Many followed, including what is shown in the image, "The Observer, and Western Advertiser"
, Lewisburg, [West] Virgina, 1884.
January 25, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
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January 16, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
The following is a 2nd look at a post from a few years ago. We've updated the images to make the text easier to read. Please enjoy.
Although much has been written about Patrick Henry, a December 18, 1840
issue of the Citizen Soldier, Vermont, gives us a glimpse as to how he was viewed within less than 50 years of his death. The end of the biography has a few extra treats as well. Although quite lengthy... it is certainly worth the read:
December 31, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
A New Year's-themed Pinterest pin-board has just been created through Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers... History's Newsstand which we think you will enjoy. Happy New Year!
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