The Panama Canal Opens in 1914… a question…

September 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Many are familiar with the Panama Canal and its profound impact on international trade and travel, however, few are aware of the great cost paid – in effort, dollars, and loss of life, in order to bring it to fruition. Still, after decades of suffocating labor, the canal opened in 1914. Trivia buffs may know of the Alexandre La Valley (a floating crane) – which became the first self-propelled vessel to pass from one end to the other , and others are able to recall the United States steamship, Ancon, as being the first large vessel to make the trip.

Trivia Challenge: What about the impact of the canal on military interests? While the intention of the canal was one of peace, which country has the distinction of being the first to have one of its warships pass through the canal? After you’ve made your best guess, go to the August 18, 1914 Boston Evening Transcript to see if any of you are correct. If so, feel free to brag about your knowledge by contacting me through e-mail. Good luck. To-date, “0” people have guessed correctly.

September thru time (50, 100, 150, 200, & 250 years ago) – 2018 edition…

September 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What news was reported in the month of September – 50 (1958), 100 (1918), 150 (1868), 200 (1818), and 250 (1768) years ago? Such a walk back through time via the eyes of those who read the daily and weekly newspapers of the period can be quite revealing. This is why we often say, “History is never more fascinating than when it’s read from the day it was first reported.” The following links will take you back in time to show the available newspapers from the Rare & Early newspapers website. There’s no need to buy a thing. Simply enjoy the stroll.
September:
1968 – 50 years ago
1918 – 100 years ago
1868 – 150 years ago
1818 – 200 years ago
1768 – 250 years ago
Wanting for more? Why not take a year-long gander at 1668, 1718, 1768, 1818, 1868, 1918, and/or 1968?

World Series bound… Before the “Curse of the Bambino”… The Traveler…

September 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Today I journeyed to New York City by way of The New York Times dated September 1, 1918, where I found that the Boston Red Sox had won the American League Pennant. “The Two Rival Managers & Their Shock Troops Primed for the World’ Series Clash This Week.” “Boston clinched the American League pennant by winning the first game of today’s double header from Philadelphia, 6 to 1, with Ruth holding the visitors to three hits… (Babe) Ruth’s all around play, including his terrific double to deep centre field, which just missed entering the bleachers, was the feature of the first game.”

Babe Ruth would end up being traded to the New York Yankees in December, 1919, in a very controversial trade. This would also be the last World’s Series that the Red Sox would win until 2004, sometimes dubbed “The Curse of the Bambino.”

~The Traveler

Announcing: Catalog #274 (for September, 2018) is now available…

August 31, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

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Catalog 274 (for September) is now available. Due to an influx of new inventory, this is likely one of our best catalogs in quite some time. There are too many great issues to highlight, but a sampling includes: a German newsbook dated 1607, a Richmond broadside on the Battle of Gettysburg, the Inauguration & death of W.H. Harrison in a Washington newspaper, a defining moment for the “hippie” generation, the Battle of the Alamo, a great Statue of Liberty foldout, and more. The following links are designed to help you explore this latest edition of our catalog:

 

                1500-1799 (full view OR quick-scan/compact view)  

                1800-1899 (full view OR quick-scan/compact” view)

                1900-2015 (full view OR quick-scan/compact” view)

 

Don’t forget about this month’s DISCOUNTED ISSUES.

(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.)

Who’s Who in Newspapers? Karl Marx edition…

August 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The 6th installment of Who’s Who in Newspapers:

George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton… Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Vince Lombardi… John Wayne, James Dean, Katharine Hepburn – these individuals, among many, are easily recognizable. However, there are quite a few historical figures who, while having adorned the pages of many a newspaper, are far from household names, or, if they are, their connection with historic newspapers might be a bit of a surprise. Such is the case with Karl Marx. While his name is well-known, few are aware he was a foreign correspondent for the New York Tribune before his name became synonymous with socialism and communism.

Feel free to peruse the following chronological list of newspapers to explore his articles, and a few others which were written about him:

KARL MARX

Surprise! Mary really did have a little lamb…

August 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We recently came across an article in The Farview Echo (an interesting title in and of itself) which caught our attention. It certainly causes one to ponder how many other nursery rhymes and children’s songs have roots in historical facts and/or events. Apparently Ring Around the Rosie (Ring a Ring o’ Roses) is not the only such ditty with a past. Enjoy.

August thru time (50, 100, 150, 200, & 250 years ago) – 2018 edition…

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What news was reported in the month of August – 50 (1958), 100 (1918), 150 (1868), 200 (1818), and 250 (1768) years ago? Such a walk back through time via the eyes of those who read the daily and weekly newspapers of the period can be quite revealing. This is why we often say, “History is never more fascinating than when it’s read from the day it was first reported.” The following links will take you back in time to show the available newspapers from the Rare & Early newspapers website. There’s no need to buy a thing. Simply enjoy the stroll.
August:
1968 – 50 years ago
1918 – 100 years ago
1868 – 150 years ago
1818 – 200 years ago
1768 – 250 years ago
Wanting for more? Why not take a year-long gander at 1668, 1718, 1768, 1818, 1868, 1918, and/or 1968?

Announcing: Catalog #273 (for August, 2018) is now available…

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Catalog 273 (for August) is now available. Due to an influx of new inventory, this is likely one of our best catalogs in quite some time. There are too many great issues to highlight, but a sampling includes: the famous “Unite or Die” segmented snake engraving, the Declaration of Independence, an Oxford Gazette w/ mention of an American colony, a report on the Earps in the Tombstone Epitaph, the Gettysburg Address in a military newspaper, Lincoln’s assassination in a Washington newspaper, and more. The following links are designed to help you explore this latest edition of our catalog:

 

        1500-1799 (full view OR quick-scan/compact view)
        1800-1899 (full view OR quick-scan/compact” view)
        1900-2015 (full view OR quick-scan/compact” view)

 

Don’t forget about this month’s DISCOUNTED ISSUES.

(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.)

The Traveler… it’s outta here!…

July 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Earlier this month I journeyed to New York City by the way of The New York Times of July 15, 1968. There I found “Aaron Clouts No. 500 as Braves Top Giants, 4-2”.  “Hank Aaron became the eighth player in major leagues to hit 500 home runs as his three-run wallop in the third inning sparked the Atlanta Braves to a 4-2 victory today over the San Francisco Giants… In the exclusive 500 group are Babe Ruth, who holds the record of 714; Willie Mays, 577; Jimmie Foxx; 534; Mickey Mantle, 529; Ted Williams, 521; Eddie Mathews, 512, and Mel Ott, 511… Aaron, however, still expects to have two or three good years, and most baseball experts predict that he will go over the 600-homer mark…”

On April 8, 1974, Hank Aaron would break Babe Ruth’s record when he hit home-run number 715 and hit his final home-run, number 755, on July 20, 1976.

~The Traveler

July thru time (50, 100, 150, 200, & 250 years ago) – 2018 edition…

July 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What news was reported in the month of July – 50 (1958), 100 (1918), 150 (1868), 200 (1818), and 250 (1768) years ago? Such a walk back through time via the eyes of those who read the daily and weekly newspapers of the period can be quite revealing. This is why we often say, “History is never more fascinating than when it’s read from the day it was first reported.” The following links will take you back in time to show the available newspapers from the Rare & Early newspapers website. There’s no need to buy a thing. Simply enjoy the stroll.
July:
1968 – 50 years ago
1918 – 100 years ago
1868 – 150 years ago
1818 – 200 years ago
1768 – 250 years ago
Wanting for more? Why not take a year-long gander at 1668, 1718, 1768, 1818, 1868, 1918, and/or 1968?

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