Announcing: Catalog #280 (for March, 2019) is now available…

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Catalog 280 (for March) is now available. This latest offering of authentic newspapers is comprised of over 300 new items, a selection which includes: a ‘Boston News-Letter’ (1740), a ‘Virginia Gazette’ from Williamsburg (1775), a first report of Lincoln’s assassination, a San Francisco newspaper on the 1906 earthquake, a great slave ship print from 1860, a rare Civil War magazine: ‘Soldier’s Casket’, and more.

 

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I’m New Here… Week One

February 15, 2019 by · 10 Comments 

It’s a daunting world — Rare & Early Newspapers — and at first it can feel like being in a foreign country, overhearing a few words that sound familiar in a vague sort of way.  At least, that’s my sense.  But I suspect it appeared that way to many collectors at the beginning.  With that in mind, my plan is to share some of my observations, discoveries and even mistakes over the coming weeks, months and years as I learn to navigate this universe of newsprint.  If you have never even held an old paper, much less thought to purchase one, perhaps my adventures will pique your own interest and you’ll find yourself browsing the titles and descriptions of the details of life in a bygone era.  Having “met” a few of you veteran collectors and scholars, I suspect you might enjoy a little reminder of the early days when you turned that first purchase over in your hand, skimmed the columns, and then settled in for a read.

I began and then discarded multiple versions of this initial post — there’s no way to convey the immensity of standing in a treasure trove that is more than three times my height, wider than my house, and filled with papers.  Without moving my feet I can examine the headlines from Harper’s, published every Saturday in the first half of 1869.  1869.  That is not a misprint!  The proper title is “Harper’s Weekly”, subtitled “A Journal of Civilization”.   It is astounding that one hundred and fifty years after these rolled off the printing press, were cut and bundled and delivered to 100,000 people living in a completely different world (regardless of our shared geographical location), I am able to hold an original issue in my hands.  It’s a rag paper, so the pages can be turned without any fear of damaging it.  I verified this before opening an issue; gloves aren’t even required.  The details of manners and battles and grocers and treasury debt emerge and bring the inevitable conclusion.  Life in a different time –even with dramatically changed fashions, altered lifestyles, and varied circumstances– is still life.  Civilization is after all the story of people.  Sometimes it’s seen in broad strokes, sometimes in classified advertisements.  I found the following in an 1861 publication, “When families send for ‘Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce’, observe if it is the genuine JOHN DUNCAN & SONS…”   I am amazed the condiment has been around so long (and wonder, who was making fake Lea & Perrin’s Worcestershire Sauce?).  Others might be more interested in the 15″ map of Major-General McClellan’s Operations Along The Potomac.

Anyway, the Harper’s Weeklies section is a good place to stand and introduce myself and tell you I am privileged to be here.  Please check in and see the “progress” part of my experience.  Also, tell me what I should look for if you’ve been around a while.  And if you’re new, feel free to ask any questions.  If I don’t have the answer (which is likely, as I am new here) I have recently met some brilliant people who probably do.

Stephanie

 

Where have we been?

January 31, 2019 by · 1 Comment 

In case you hadn’t noticed, those of us at RareNewspapers.com who write and manage the History’s Newsstand Blog have been on a hiatus the last month as we’ve negotiated the changing of the guard within our staff. Doreen Mileto (pen name “The Traveler”), who has served as our office manager for 15 years, is retiring on January 31st. We wish her the best as she and her husband seek to spend more time with their children (and grand-kiddos), and pursue adventures formerly inhibited as a result of being tethered to an ongoing work schedule. Good for her.

As of this Friday, our new office manager will be Stephanie Williams – a lover of both history and literature. Once settled, our blog posts will resume.

Thank you for your patience.

Guy Heilenman

Co-owner, Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers

Snapshot 1918… President Wilson becomes the first U.S. President to…

December 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The following snapshot comes from The New York Times dated December 14, 1918. This week marks the 100th anniversary of Woodrow Wilson becoming the 1st U.S. President to walk the shores of Europe while still in office. It is hard to believe it took 1  1/4 centuries for this to occur.

Announcing: Catalog #277 (for December, 2018) is now available…

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Catalog 277 (for December) is now available. This latest offering of authentic newspapers is comprised of over 300 new items, a selection which includes: a 1774 Virginia Gazette from Williamsburg, Virginia, an American Weekly Mercury from 1736, a Tombstone Epitaph from shortly after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a rare Civil War “camp” newspaper, the Emancipation Proclamation in a Washington, D.C. newspaper, the Gettysburg Address in a military newspaper, and more.

 

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Announcing: Catalog #276 (for November, 2018) is now available…

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Catalog 276 (for November) is now available. This latest offering of authentic newspapers is comprised of over 300 new items, a selection which includes: two extremely rare 1774 Virginia Gazettes from Williamsburg (one with Boston Tea Party references, and the other with a woman publisher), the “Frederick Douglass’ Paper”, Washington elected President of the Constitutional Convention, The Constitution of the United States, a Honolulu Star-Bulletin reporting the Pearl Harbor attack, an “Oxford Gazette” from 1665, and more.

 

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Announcing: Catalog #275 (for October, 2018) is now available…

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Catalog 275 (for October) is now available. This latest offering of authentic newspapers is comprised of over 300 new items, a selection which includes: perhaps the best stock market crash newspaper, the iconic “Dewy Defeats Truman” newspaper, the Gettysburg Address (from the nation’s capital), a great map of America from 1776, Lincoln’s inauguration and inaugural address, a front page report of Washington’s death, and more. Another special item was added after the catalog went to print, and therefore, is only being offered online:  The Virginia Gazette from 1774 which includes reflective thoughts on the Boston Massacre (extremely rare).
The following links are designed to help you explore this latest edition of our catalog:

 

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

 

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

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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.

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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)

 

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

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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

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