The November (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

November 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The November, 2017 newsletter is as follows:

Welcome to the November (Thanksgiving) Newsletter from Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers. In celebration of the Thanksgiving Holiday, and as a means of thanking our current members, we’d like to extend to you, for only the second time in our 40+ year existence, a website-wide discount of 10% off any website order through November 26th (see “Website-Wide Discount” below for details). This newsletter also includes links to Thanksgiving-themed posts on the History’s Newsstand Blog, our most recent catalog (#264), a set of highly desirable newspapers which we just released this morning, and a set of nearly 6,000 items already discounted by 50%! Please enjoy.

1) Website-Wide Discount – We often hear, “Put your money where your mouth is!” – a common challenge made to test the validity of one’s sincerity. It is with this in mind we strive to “authenticate” our appreciation for members of Rare & Early newspapers by offering a rarely offered, website-wide, discount. As a small token of our appreciation, please enjoy a discount of 10% off any website order through November 26th – regardless of the order total. The bottom line? If you find the item on our website, it is available for the discount.
  • To Use: There are three ways to use the discount: 1) place the order through the website and enter RN1117TD into the RN code field at check-out, 2) place the order by phone (570-326-1045) and reference the Thanksgiving Discount, or 3) place the order by e-mail (guy@rarenewspapers.com) and reference the Thanksgiving Discount.
  • Restrictions:
  1. The discount offer is for Website items only (no eBay, Amazon, or custom-quoted items). The discount also does not apply to S&H or to previous orders.
  2. The discount may not be combined with other discounts (ex. new member, Premium Member, etc..
  3. Once an order has shipped without the use of the discount, the discount may not be applied retroactively.
  • Exception to the above Restrictions – An exception to the exclusion of applying the “thank you” discount with other discounts is the items which are currently already discounted (as shown on the website) by 50%. There are nearly 6,000 items (not a typo) which we’ve already reduced in price by 50%, and they ARE available for the additional 10% discount off their already reduced price. They may be viewed at: 50% DISCOUNT
  • Can a share the discount code with others? YES!
2) New Key Items – As of this morning, we’ve added a new set of highly desirable items to our website. Whereas those which do not sell will appear in future catalogs, we wanted our members to be able to see them first – and yes, you may apply the 10% discount if you wish. They may be viewed at: NEW KEY ITEMS
3) Catalog 264 – Great items still remain from this recently released catalog. They may be viewed through the following links:
4) History’s Newsstand – Over the years we’ve had a plethora of posts with a Thanksgiving theme. If you’ve never been to the Blog, now might be a good time to take a gander. 🙂
  • Early in the new year we hope to have a fun contest in which we hope many will participate. More details will be forthcoming. Get your magnifying glasses ready!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Sincerely,
Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team

The October (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

October 19, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The October, 2017 newsletter is as follows:

Dear Friend of Rare & Early Newspapers,

Welcome to the October edition of our member’s newsletter. Below please find a new set of issues priced at 50% off, a link to new listings, a free issue (see note for details), and a few other goodies. Please enjoy.

Free Issue – This month we are offering a free issue (buy 1 get one free) of the National Gazette & Literary Register, from Philadelphia, 1832-34. In order to receive the free issue you must purchase at least one other issue. Any issue, regardless of its price, is acceptable. No additional S&H will be added for this item (unless a storage option is added). There is a limit of 1 free issue per collector, and is available while inventory remains. This listing may be viewed at: Buy 1 or more issues, get a National Gazette for Free

*Discounted Newspapers – Over 250 newspapers have been reduced in price by 50% (through November 16th) and may be viewed at: Discounted Newspapers. The prices shown already reflect the discount. Some of the noteworthy content/issues include: multiple Confederate titles, the very first Daytona 500, the Battle of Bull Run, a New Mexico Territorial newspaper, nice Gold rush content, an issue with a George Washington signature on the front page, the debut of Gone With The Wind, an issue on the Whisky Rebellion, and more.

Catalog 263 continues to be available. The following two links include the remaining items along with remnants for #262:

Catalog 263+ (arranged by price)

Catalog 263+ (arranged chronologically)

Recent Listings – Over 700 items have been listed within the last 20 days, many of which will never appear in catalogs. They may be viewed at: Recent Listings

New Inventory – In case you missed the announcement… Although most have yet to be listed, we have recently acquired a nice set of New York Heralds from the CW era, and a nice collection of Gentleman’s Magazines covering much of the 18th and 19th centuries. If you have an issue you’ve been seeking, we likely have it. Please be in touch.

History’s Newsstand Blog – Some of the recent posts include:

* Regarding our discounted issues… Why the extreme discount? Having over 15,000 items posted on the Rare & Early Newspapers website, with most links showing the most recently listed items first, there are undoubtedly a host of great items which simply become overlooked. These selected discounts enable us to bring a handful of these to light while benefiting our members.

Thanks for collecting with us.

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The September (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

September 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The September, 2017 newsletter is as follows:

Dear Friend of Rare & Early Newspapers,
Welcome to the September edition of our member’s newsletter. Below please find a handful of links to a free issue from 1865, a new set of issues priced at 50% off, and a few other goodies. Please enjoy.
Free Issue (regular price is $54) – We are offering a free issue (pay only the S&H) of the September 2, 1865 edition of Harper’s Weekly. This issue includes a variety of prints related to immigration (castle Garden, New York), cannibalism in Haiti, investing on Wall Street, the Housatonic Railroad disaster near Bridgeport Connecticut, and a portraits of multiple Civil War officers. The issue will be in average condition (not 2nd-rate), and includes additional prints not described. The issue may be viewed/purchased at: Harper’s Weekly, September 2, 1865. Note: This issue is only available through the provided link. Approximately 10 are available. Please, only 1 per collector.
*Discounted Newspapers – Nearly 250 newspapers have been reduced in price by 50% (through October 15th) and may be viewed at: Discounted Newspapers. The prices shown already reflect the discount. Some of the noteworthy content/issues include: Babe Ruth sets home run record, the Winecoff Hotel disaster, Orville Wright’s death, Bobby Jones wins Gram Slam, 1st robbery of the James Gang, Ethan Allen, General Greene (Rev War), and more.
Catalog 262 continues to be available. The following two links include the remaining items along with remnants for #261:
Recent Listings – Over 700 items have been listed within the last 20 days, many of which will never appear in catalogs. They may be viewed at: Recent Listings
Hollywood – Our listings of Los Angeles newspapers containing death reports of noteworthy actors/actresses and poster-sized ads for the Opening Day showings of many beloved movies continues to grow. They may be viewed at:

Additional Premiere movie ads are available via eBay auctions (opening day ads)
Note: If a favorite movie ad or actor/actress is not shown, feel free to ask. We’ll be happy to check to see if we have a corresponding issue.
History’s Newsstand Blog – Some of the recent posts include:

* Regarding our discounted issues… Why the extreme discount? Having over 15,000 items posted on the Rare & Early Newspapers website, with most links showing the most recently listed items first, there are undoubtedly a host of great items which simply become overlooked. These selected discounts enable us to bring a handful of these to light while benefiting our members.
 Thanks for collecting with us.

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The July (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

July 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The July, 2017 newsletter is as follows:

Dear Friend of Rare & Early Newspapers,

Welcome to the July edition of our member’s newsletter. This month we have a special set of Dewey Defeats Truman issues to offer, more issues added to our list of items priced at 50% off, additional reports of famous Hollywood deaths (Auction & Buy It Now), an updated link to items listed since our most recent catalog went to print, Catalog 260, and the most recent posts on the History’s Newsstand Blog. Please enjoy.
Dewey Defeats Truman: Just a few days ago we had the pleasure of adding a few more issues featuring the infamous Dewey Defeats Truman headline. As a result, we have decided to significantly discount two our our offerings:
Hollywood Stars: Over the past few weeks we have begun to explore a relatively new set of Los Angeles Times issues we’ve added to inventory – searching for the deaths of famous Hollywood celebrities. Since our last e-mail only a week ago, we have found quite a few more, some of which are currently listed via Auctions, and others available immediately through our website:
  • AUCTION (Deaths of Hollywood Celebrities) – including Anthony Perkins, Audrey Hepburn, Liberace, Cab Calloway, John Candy, Burt Lancaster, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck, Dean Martin, Orson Wells, Anne Baxter, Ava Gardner, William Holden, Ginger Rogers, Rock Hudson, Lana Turner, and more.
  • WEBSITE (Deaths of Hollywood Celebrities) – including Gilda Radner, Fred Astaire, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, Mary Pickford, Bette Davis, Natalie Wood, Robert Shaw, Alfred Hitchcock, Andy Kaufman, Jackie Gleason, Charlie Chaplin, Joan Crawford, John Belushi, Steve McQueen and more.
*Discounted Newspapers: An additional 100+ newspapers have been added to our list of items reduced in price by 50% (through August 14th), and may be viewed at: Discounted Newspapers. The prices shown already reflect the discount. Some of the noteworthy content includes: Emancipated slaves in Louisiana, the Battle of Bull Run, Greta Garbo, Betty Grable, Jesse Owens, Rube Barrow, Botany Bay, Daniel Mendoza, when the swastika became the symbol of Nazism, the first balloon flight across the English Channel, and more.
Catalog 260 continues to be available, and a number of great items still remain.
Recent Listings – Items which have been listed since our latest catalog went to print.

History’s Newsstand Blog (recent posts):

  • Are you smarter than a 17th century 5th grader? Math exercises within Gentleman’s Magazines…  As we continue to explore the diversity of content found on the pages of 18th and 19th century Gentleman’s Magazines, our attention was drawn to the abundance of Mathematical challenges found within many issues – particularly those from the 1700’s. Rather than opining on the difficulty level of the quests as opposed to what might be expected of the average reader of a common (blog) post or publication of the 21st century, especially since we have no idea as to the intended target audience. Instead, let’s just enjoy the challenge as if we were living just prior to the American War for Independence. The challenge: On a somewhat regular basis the publisher would provide a set of Mathematical exercises and invite their subscribers to submit solutions. These responses would then be printed… (continue reading)
  • Some things actually do change… One of the things that struck me while discussing the American Declaration of Independence and Constitution with my children earlier this month was the insight of the American forefather’s demonstrated in their framing of the foundation of this new experiment in self-rule. While some might point to the flaws found within many of the founding documents, procedures, underlying beliefs, and early practices to poke holes in our current state of government, truth be told the seeds of change were sewn throughout the fabric of this new society – avenues which have allowed for peaceful and rightful adjustments to be made over time. Sure, there were times when peaceful change took a backseat, however… (continue reading)
  • O Canada! The Traveler… Earlier this week I traveled to New York City by the way of The New York Times dated July 2, 1867 where I found the headline “The Dominion of Canada” with the subhead “Inauguration of the Confederation — A General Holiday — Lord Monck Sworn in — Review of Troops”. “This day has given birth to the political infant, the Dominion of Canada…” This was the announcement of the birth… (continue reading)
  • Victor Hugo – poetry in early 19th century Gentleman’s Magazines…  In our opinion, one of the early titles we come across, The Gentleman’s Magazine, is grossly underappreciated. This London “Reader’s Digest-sized” publication which spanned the early 18th through mid-19th centuries and was known for great reporting from throughout the world, was also pregnant with book reviews, poetry, mathematical challenges, birth and death notices, and an abundance of plates depicting everything from maps to sketches of rare animals, historical cathedrals, and notable men and women of the era. While we’ve written about this title in previous posts (view posts), our attention this time around is in regards to poetry – with a question. Whereas nearly every issue contains poetry of the period, the poets are often unknown to me, and therefore, rarely catch my eye. However, during the process… (continue reading)
  • Are Presidential proclamations for thanksgiving and prayer unconstitutional? Over the years we have written multiple posts featuring noteworthy Presidential proclamations for days of thanksgiving, humiliation, and prayer, and have listed quite a few on the Rare & Early Newspapers website. Not too long ago we came across an issue of The Boston Investigator for November 10, 1880 which contained an article focused on a view that such proclamations are/were unconstitutional. So, although we passionately disagree with this opinion, in an effort to be fair and balanced, we present… (continue reading)

* Regarding our discounted issues… Why the extreme discount? Having over 15,000 items posted on the Rare & Early Newspapers website, with most links showing the most recently listed items first, there are undoubtedly a host of great items which simply become overlooked. These selected discounts enable us to bring a handful of these to light while benefiting our members.

 Thanks for collecting with us.

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The June (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

June 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible. Our most recent newsletter may be viewed at:

JUNE (2017) NEWSLETTER – RARE & EARLY NEWSPAPERS

The May (2017) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible. Our most recent newsletter may be viewed at:

MAY (2017) NEWSLETTER – RARE & EARLY NEWSPAPERS

Final editions of newspaper publications…

October 14, 2016 by · 2 Comments 

We are frequently asked to appraise final editions of newspaper titles which have gone defunct. Sadly, much like the specific publications themselves, collectors rarely find these final editions to be blog-10-14-2016-chicago-daily-newsattractive. Some might suggest the lack of interest in current newspapers (in general) might have a negative impact on the hobby of collecting historic newspapers, but our experience has shown no such correlation. Alternately, the decline in readership of current titles and the corresponding abundance of newspaper publications going out of business seems to be directly proportional to the ease and speed for which information can be had at a minimal (if any) cost. In most instances, by the time a newspaper hits a subscriber’s doorstep, much of the news is already outdated. One journalist of such a “final edition” had their own thoughts on the matter, and interestingly enough, whether you agree or disagree with his bitter-pill-tainted analysis, some of the social issues mentioned seem as appropriate for today as they did when the article was written in 1978. The article may be read in full at: Chicago Daily News, March 4, 1978 (see images 4-10).

 

More on printing newspapers in the 1700’s (revisited)…

June 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

This article is primarily taken from the April, 1996 edition of “Collectible Newspapers” edited by Rick Brown, whom we thank for this contribution. It offers some interesting insights into the printing & distributing of newspapers in the colonial and post-colonial era of the United States.

printing_pressNewspapers from the latter half of the 18th century were relatively scarce. One factor was that early settlers were busy clearing the land & otherwise making the land habitable & sustaining. Plus only a small percentage of the population had reading skills beyond that of the basic rudiments. Although most towns of any size by 1715 had tracts of land set aside for schools, few actually had schools built & in operation.

Nearly all 18th century newspapers were edited & published by printers that had a general printing business and also printed pamphlets, books, broadsides, lottery tickets, etc. Many also sold merchandise, groceries, patent medicines, and a variety of other goods. Rags, which were used to make the paper , were scarce in the colonies so most of the paper was imported from England.

Newspapers were printed on wooden hand presses with each application of ink to paper requiring a pull of by lever and screw. It was not until around 1816 that the new iron Columbian press came into general use. Instead of a screw it used a series of compound levers that multiplied the pull of the operator. But still, all hand presses were slow & laborious. The forms had to be laid by hand and the ink was poor and of uneven quality. Types were frequently old and worn.

After the newspapers were printed, distribution difficulties were encountered. Circulation was confined, for the most part, to the towns in which they were published. They were distributed to the rural areas by post-boys on horseback and by stagecoach drivers. The roads were bad & the postal system was slow. Subscribers were few & the cost of an issue relatively expensive so newspapers were typically handed around from one to another so that a single copy was ready by many. Even those who subscribed often failed to pay for their subscriptions.

It has been estimated that the largest circulation of a single newspaper during the earlier colonial period was about 350 and that only a few reached this high of a number of circulation. By the 1750’s circulation for larger city newspapers reached upwards of 600 of each issue printed and during the Revolutionary War some newspapers boasted circulations in excess of 2000. By 1790 most newspapers were printing less than 1000 copies but the very popular “Columbian Centinel” from Boston was printing over 4000 copies of each printing date.

Despite poor equipment, limited circulation, nonpaying subscribers, poor distribution facilities & the general unprofitability of publishing a newspaper, the number of newspapers being published continued to increase as the years went by. There were numerous failures, but new newspapers were established to replace them. From 1704 to 1820 about 1634 newspapers came to life and died. Of that number only two-thirds of them lived beyond three years.

(originally posted in 2009)

Newspaper circulation in the 1700’s (revisited)…

June 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

columbian_centinelWe often get queries as to what the circulation numbers were of colonial and later 18th century newspapers. Clarence Brigham, in his book “Journals & Journeymen” provides some helpful information.

The earliest comment on newspaper circulation in America was by publisher John Campbell in his Boston News-Letter of 1719. He notes that “…he cannot vend 300 at an impression, tho’ some ignorantly concludes he sells upwards of a thousand…”.

Famed publisher Isaiah Thomas remarked: “In 1754 four newspapers only were printed in New England…weekly, & the average number of copies did not exceed 600 from each press.”

Circulation gradually grew as the days of the Revolution approached. Rivington’s New York Gazetteer of Oct. 31, 1774 boated his weekly impressions “… increased to 3600…”, and Thomas noted in his Mass. Spy of Dec. 21, 1780 noted he had a pre-Revolutionary circulation of 3500 copies, then was driven out of Boston by the British invasion & established the Spy in Worcester. In 1775-6 circulation was 1500, in 1778-9 it was 1200, and in 1781 it did 500 impressions. He also noted that: “It has always been allowed that 600 customers, with a considerable number of advertisements, weekly, will but barely support the publication of a newspaper.”

Later Thomas noted that the famous Connecticut Courant of Hartford had a circulation which exceeded his Mass. Spy, that: “…the number of copies printed weekly was equal to, if not greater, than that of any other paper on the continent.”

In the last decade of the 18th century the number of newspapers increased, but circulation did not keep step & in generally averaged from 600 to 700. A few papers from larger cities were exceptions such as the Maryland Journal of Baltimore which claimed a circulation of near 2000. And the very popular Columbian Centinel would top the list of all 18th century newspapers in circulation with over 4000 per issue. Other popular late-18th century titles & their circulations included the Aurora with 1700; the Farmer’s Weekly Museum with 2000 and Porcupine’s Gazette with over 2000 in circulation in 1799.

But given these numbers, how many copies of any single date survived? A good question as certainly the vast majority were read and discarded. Outside of those held by institutions in bound volumes those which exist in collectors’ hands today almost assuredly came from deaccessioned institutional holdings and likely will be the only issues to see the light of day for many years to come.

(originally posted in 2009)

Obtaining the Value of a Newspaper or Collection…

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

We do not monitor requests concerning the value of newspapers through this venue – but we would be glad to assist. If you have a newspaper or a collection for which you are seeking an appraisal, please contact us directly at info@rarenewspapers.com. Please include as many details as possible. Thanks.

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