You decide… Which is really the best? Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr…

June 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to placing a value on collectible newspapers, past prices realized can be invaluable. However, in most instances, due to the vast number of variables which exist even within a common event (city of publication, condition, dramatic appeal, etc.), finding comparables can be difficult. We recently came across two issues which illustrate this point - both containing front-page 1st reports of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - one being the newspaper from where he was born and raised containing perhaps a little more detailed reporting (The Atlanta Constitution, Georgia), with the other being a nice issue from where the assassination took place (The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, TN). Which is the more collectible newspaper? The answer may not be as easy as one might think. Years of experience have shown the Dallas Morning News' reporting of the JFK assassination to be hands-down the most desired issue - that is, the issue from where he was killed. In contrast, collectors find the Wapakoneta Daily News (Neil Armstrong's hometown paper) with coverage of Man's 1st Moon Walk to be the best. What about Dr. King's assassination? It is rare we can view each side-by-side (see below). We have our thoughts, but feel free to weigh in with thoughts of your own. Blog-6-12-2015-King-Assassination-1Blog-5-12-2015-King-Assassination-2

The put it in print… America will become the greatest nation ever!

June 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Blog-6-15-2015-America-Greatest-Nation-EverOne of the joys of reading old newspapers is the opportunity to discover what were, in fact, very prophetic statements made long before anyone could have known they would become true. As they say, hindsight does provide 20-20 vision. One of the best is found in "The London Chronicle" issue of Nov. 2, 1765. Some 150 years before the per-eminence of America as a world power both military and economically, a writer begins an article: "Little doubt can be entertained that America will in time become the greatest and most prosperous empire that perhaps the world has ever seen...". How true that statement would become, but to predict that future nearly a dozen years before America would even declare independence from the mother country was truly a stretch. It's a neat find in an otherwise inconspicuous newspaper.

They put it in print… the best UFO alien abduction newspaper ever?

June 8, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

UFO stories, with supposed "photos"  have become rather commonplace in tabloids over the last 50 years, but few are accounts of alien abductions, and even fewer are accounts of abductions with eye-witness corroboration. The small town of Show Low, Arizona, has a weekly newspaper and its issue of Nov. 14, 1975 has a terrific account (see image below) of perhaps the most famous alien abduction case in American history. It appears dramatically in this newspaper because it is essentially the "hometown" paper for the event: it published 38 miles from the abduction site (very rural Arizona) and less than 20 miles from the home of Travis Walton, the man abducted for 5 days before being returned to earth. See the link to the issue of the "White Mountain Independent" for further details including multiple images showing snippets of much of the coverage. For any UFO enthusiastic this could well be the very best UFO newspaper report to be had. Is it even better than a Roswell newspaper from 1948? Note: While the link above states the issue is no longer available, it is currently listed on eBay at: Thomas Walton Abducted By Aliens?Blog-6-8-2015-UFO-alien-abduction

The Civil War (post conflict)… June, 1865

June 5, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Blog-6-5-2015-When-Johnny-Comes-Marching-HomeWhat news was reported in June, 1865 - 150 years ago? Such a walk back in time through 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 link 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 walk back in time:

June, 1865

A sampling of what you will find may include articles and info regarding: President Abraham Lincoln's funeral, the capture of Jefferson Davis (found wearing a woman's dress), the first Hebrew free school in New York City, the trial of the conspirators (including Mrs. Surratt),  follow-up detailed Civil War battle reports from several Generals, a well-known print in a Harper's Weekly titled, "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," and more. Enjoy!

They put it in print… Interesting Kennedy obituary…

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the more desired of the newspapers reporting the assassination of President John F. Kennedy has always been the "Dallas Morning News", published in the city where he was killed. Blog-7-13-2015-JFK-ObitUnbeknownst to most--including us for many years--is the curious obituary found on page 6 of the last section. Inconspicuously listed among the 33 entries in the "Deaths & Funerals" section is the one shown in the photo. It is a paid obituary notice inserted by a private funeral home announcing the death of an American president.  The O'Neal Funeral Home handled President Kennedy's remains in Dallas and furnished the casket in which he was sent to Washington. Although certainly not a local funeral, I suspect the funeral home sought the opportunity to gain some stature & credibility by letting all know they handled the remains of a  President of the United States. Has anyone else discovered this obituary notice? And of note as well, relating to the Kennedy assassination, is the death notice of "J.D. Tibbit", the police officer killed by Oswald shortly after the Kennedy assassination. In fact it was for Tibbit's death that Oswald was initially arrested, the connection to Kennedy's assassination discovered afterwards.

Great Headlines Speak For Themselves… Clark Gable’s death report…

May 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The best headlines need no commentary. Such is the case with the HERALD EXPRESS, Los Angeles, November 17, 1960: "CLARK GABLE DIES WITH A SMILE, SIGH"Blog-4-24-2015-Clark-Gable-Death

The Civil War (post conflict)… May, 1865

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What news was reported in May, 1865 - 150 years ago? Such a walk back in time through the eyes of those who read the daily and weekly newspapers of the period can be Blog-5-1-2015-Jefferson-Davis-Capturedquite 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 link 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 walk back in time:

May, 1865

A sampling of what you will find may include articles and info regarding: President Abraham Lincoln's funeral, the capture of Jefferson Davis, the capture and killing of John Wilkes Booth, the promotion of Ulysses S. Grant, President Andrew Johnson's amnesty proclamation, and more. Enjoy!

Ford’s Theater… then and now…

April 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Blog-4-24-2015-1865-Ford's-Theater150 years ago, much of the nation was still reeling from the death of Abraham Lincoln. A mere 10 days previous time stood still and tears flowed freely at the news that the President had been killed. Did many travel to Washington, D.C. to mourn his passing? Did some visit the very site of his tragic and untimely demise to place a candle... flowers... mourn? The Philadelphia Enquirer, April 17, 1865, not on only printed a sketch of the captured John Wilkes Booth, but they also included a front-page schematic (right) of the back-alley escape route where a horse was waiting for the infamous villain and his accomplice. While the region has gone through several transformations over the course of the last 150 years, this same alley exists today. The current-day photo shown below was sent to us be a collector friend who also included the following note:

I have attached a picture of the rear of Ford's Theater as it looks today (showing the original windows/doorways that have been bricked-up)...and I want to point out that the alleyway shown on that April 17th issue is incredibly, to this day, the only exit on the entire block and proportioned to what it was in that newspaper.

If you've never visited Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C., it is certainly worth the trip.Blog-4-24-2015-21st-Century-Ford's-TheaterNote: During my days as a Middle School Teacher, can anyone guess the most common question students asked upon visiting this spot during a school trip?

They put it in print… Sons of Liberty…

April 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Finding reports in centuries-old newspapers which read like they came from today's papers are always fascinating. They provide interesting evidence that  life today, in many ways, is not necessarily so much different from years ago. A report in the October 12, 1776 issue of "The Pennsylvania Ledger" newspaper (see below) of Philadelphia contains a very interesting piece which accuses the manipulation of news, reading: "It is astonishing to see daily the insults offered by the Tories...since the news of the skirmish on Long Island; on the first report...congratulate each other...They have the effrontery to assert that it is much worse than reported, that it's so bad that the Sons of Liberty are afraid to let it be known least the people should be discouraged. Is not this intolerable?...they propagate every intelligence they receive, taking care to calculate it so as to serve their own turn; its beyond a matter of doubt that they keep up a secret correspondence through the colonies in order to comfort one another to keep up their sinking spirits and to propagate falsehoods..." (see). In light of on-going accusations by political parties today that news reports are manipulated to serve their own interests, it is fascinating to find the same happened during the Revolutionary War so many years ago.Blog-4-13-2015-Sons-of-Liberty

A National calamity… What is one to do?

April 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

What does one do when abruptly ushered into one, if not the, most powerful positions on earth by the untimely death of the President of the United States? Today, in honor of the Easter Holiday Weekend, we reach back to 1841 to see how newly elevated President John Tyler responded when placed in this situation. The following proclamation, which begins in part, "When a Christian people feel themselves to be overtaken by a great public calamity, it becomes them to humble themselves under the dispensation of Divine Providence, to recognize His righteous government over the children of men, to acknowledge His goodness in time past, as well as their own unworthiness, and to supplicate His merciful protection for the future...", was printed in The Globe, Washington, D.C., April 15, 1841:Blog-4-3-2015-Tyler-Proclamation

Happy Easter from the Rare & Early Newspapers Team

 

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