My collecting story… B. C. in Trion, Georgia..

October 5, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Below we continue our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.

I am the published author of over a dozen books of fiction and nonfiction. A few years ago, my publisher suggested that I write a book about Kathryn Kelly, the wife of “Machine Gun” Kelly and also the “brains” behind the crimes they committed over several years. What little I could find about Kathryn was interesting, but since no other books had ever been written about her, research was difficult. I turned to the FBI Vault of historical documents and personally interviewed people who lived during the Great Depression and the “Gangsta” Era. And then I came across “Timothy Hughes: Rare & Early Newspapers.” It was like finding a gold mine. I was able to access the newspapers from that time period that followed the crimes and eventual arrest of Kathryn Kelly and Machine Gun Kelly. With this information, along with the other research I had gathered, I wrote the book, Kathryn Kelly: The Moll behind Machine Gun Kelly. It was recently optioned for a major film. The newspaper I have saved for my collection is “The Bethlehem Globe-Times” – Tuesday, September 26, 1933. On the front page is the headline: “Machine Gun” George Kelly Is Captured. The sub-headline reads: Desperado Surrenders Without Resistance – Wife Is Also Taken Into Custody.

As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY. We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.

 

The September (2020) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

September 18, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Monthly Newsletter ~ Rare & Early Newspapers

Welcome to the September 2020 edition of our monthly newsletter. This month we’d like to bring your attention to the following:

An Expanded Set of Discounted Newspapers – 50% Off

Nearly 200 historic newspapers have been discounted by 50%. The prices shown reflect the discount. Some of the new topics include: Jesse Owens at the Berlin Olympics, the 1892 Homestead Steel Strike, a record for Wilt Chamberlain, President Nixon’s historic visit to China, the Pentagon Papers, the deaths of Karl Benz, Joseph Stalin, Al Jolson, Margaret Mitchell, “Needles” wins the Kentucky Derby, Albert Einstein celebrated, and more.

New Items Added to September’s Catalog

Since Catalog 298 went to print we’ve added over 50 additional items. Some of the topics/issues include: an extremely rare issue of the Black Hills Herald (Dakota Territory), the mention of Ben Franklin in a Philadelphia newspaper from during the Rev. War, an issue which only existed for two dates, the first candidate of the Republican Party, the financial panics of 1873 and 1907, the fist black female senator appointed, the first appearances of a couple of Walt Whitman’s poems, and more.

Catalog 298

Speaking of the catalog, some links which you may find useful include:
Key Issues from Catalog 298
Catalog 298 (in “Quick Scan” format)
Catalog 298 – Priced under $50

History’s Newsstand

A sampling of some of the recent posts on the History’s Newsstand blog include:
Thomas Edison defends his light bulb in 1879…
Celebrating Edison and his electric lamp just moments prior to the Stock Market Crash of 1929…
A series of posts from a previous staff member…
More than what meets the eye – “hidden” categories on our website…

Newly Discovered Items

Items which have been listed on our website within the last 30 days.

Thanks for collecting with us.

Sincerely,

Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team
RareNewspapers.com
570-326-1045

Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers . . .
           . . . History’s Newsstand
“…desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:18b
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More than what meets the eye – categories on the RareNewspapers.com website…

August 28, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

As of now there are over 15,000 individual historic newspapers posted on the Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers website, with nearly 3 million more waiting in the wings. The ability to search for specific dates, words (or word phrases), eras, themes, issues within specific date ranges, etc. to find newspapers of interest using the website’s basic search and advanced search interface was discussed in a recent post. While both interfaces give the user quite a bit of control over what results are found, there are times when we all prefer things to be simplistic, and to this end, we have several icons (buttons) on the front page which point the explorer to a ten popular categories. However, there is much more available than meets the eye. Directly below “Popular Categories” and to the right is another button/icon, which when selected, provides access to an extensive list of pre-made search queries, arranged alphabetically. The images below illustrate how to access the list.

Now that you are aware this is present, feel free to go to www.RareNewspapers.com and check it out for yourself. Also, if you would like to suggest a topic you believe may be of interest to many, let me know at guy@rarenewspapers.com. I’ll be happy to consider adding it.

The August (2020) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

August 17, 2020 by · 2 Comments 

Monthly Newsletter ~ Rare & Early Newspapers

Welcome to the August 2020 edition of our monthly newsletter. This month we’d like to bring your attention to the following:

An Expanded Set of Discounted Newspapers – 50% Off

Nearly 125 additional historic newspapers have been added to the remaining items we discounted in July – all of which are discounted by 50%. The prices shown reflect the discount. Some of the new topics include: Wilt Chamberlain’s record-setting 20,884th point, the death sentence of Nazi leaders, the “founding” of The United Nations, the death of Joseph Stalin, Margaret Mitchell’s death (of “Gone With The Wind” fame), the famous “Sneakers Game” in 1934 (NFL), the discovery of a water route from the Atlantic to the Pacific, and more.

Catalog 297 – New Items Added

Since Catalog 297 went to print we’ve added over 25 additional items. Some of the topics/issues include: Abraham Lincoln’s General Orders (1, 2, and 3), the conviction of Richard Ramirez (the “Night Stalker”) in a L.A. paper, an ad for a return trip on the Titanic, Horace Greeley on Mormons and Mormonism (and another re: Pike’s Peak), and more.

Five Interesting Items on eBay

Ben Franklin’s Famous UNITE OR DIE Cartoon (in a 1774 Phila. issue)
The Articles of Confederation (in a 1778 Phila. issue)
The United States Constitution (1st American Magazine printing)
Babe Ruth’s Famous “Called Shot”
Rare 1852 Frederick Douglass Newspaper (The North Star)

Catalog 297

Speaking of the catalog, some links which you may find useful include:
Key Issues from Catalog 297
Catalog 297 (in “Quick Scan” format)
Catalog 297 – Priced under $50

History’s Newsstand

A sampling of some of the recent posts on the History’s Newsstand blog include:
Frederick Douglass & The Woman’s Tribune…
Snapshot 1969… Gaylord Perry and The Man on the Moon…
My collecting story – L.H. in Williamsport, PA…

Newly Discovered Items

Items which have been listed on our website within the last 30 days.

Thanks for collecting with us.

Sincerely,

Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team
RareNewspapers.com
570-326-1045

Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers . . .
           . . . History’s Newsstand
“…desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:18b
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The RareNewspapers.com website – how to search for historic newspapers…

August 7, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Whether seeking to make a purchase, perform research, or just desiring to take a walk back through time through the eyes of those who lived through the events we now call history,  many have taken advantage of the basic search functions on the RareNewspapers.com website to sift through tens of thousands of collectible newspapers which span the 1600’s to the early 21st century. To this end, using the basic search functions on the homepage to search by keyword, date (m/d/yyyy), key phrase, a 6-digit catalog number, date range, or by the title of a newspaper all can be done quite easily. Even searching within the search results or limiting a search to a certain era by using the pull-down menu to the far right of the screen are intuitive – and are used frequently by explorers (see the first image below). However, few realize the small print under the search button is actually a hyperlink which takes the user to a significantly more advanced searching interface where one can also explore by era, only a day of a month (to find issues through time for a specific day of the year), within a specific century or price range, an exact phrase, a list of key terms (called “comma list”), and more. One of my favorite tools is the ability to eliminate issues which contain specific words from within search results. All of these capabilities and more are shown in the 2nd image below.

So, now that you know how to search at an advanced level, feel free to take some time to discover why we say, “History is never more fascinating than when it’s read from the day it was first reported.” If you’re intrigued, why not start your exploration today at: RareNewspapers.com

The July (2020) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

July 17, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Monthly Newsletter ~ Rare & Early Newspapers

Welcome to the July 2020 edition of our monthly newsletter. This month we’d like to bring your attention to the following:

A New Set of Discounted Newspapers – 50% Off

Nearly 125 items have been newly discounted by 50% through August 14th. The prices shown already reflect the discount. Topics include: the Battle of Fort Donelson in a Confederate newspaper, an issue with a small portrait of Nellie Bly – plus related coverage, the beginning of the infamous Stamp Act (1765), Alger Hiss found guilty, the Touro Synagogue (Newport, RI) honored, one of the earliest reports of the treaty ending the War of 1812, and more.

Catalog 296 – New Items Added

Since Catalog 296 went to print we’ve added over 25 additional items. Some of the topics/issues include: President George Washington’s State of the Union Address, President Lincoln’s (2nd) Confiscation Act, Charles Nungesser Transatlantic Flight Try In 1927, a mention of the Suffolk Resolves in a Williamsburg (VA) newspaper, the capture of New York by the British coupled with a great map of Connecticut & Rhode Island, an eye witness account of the sinking of The Titanic, a detailed account re: Jack the Ripper (from London), and more.

Four Interesting Items on eBay

The Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1895 – Early Baseball)
The First America’s Cup (1851)
The Black Dahlia Murder Case
Chicago White Stockings Print showing Cap Anson (& others)

Catalog 296

Speaking of the catalog, some links which you may find useful include:
Key Issues from Catalog 296
Catalog 295 (in “Quick Scan” format)
Catalog 295 – Priced under $50

History’s Newsstand

A sampling of some of the recent posts on the History’s Newsstand blog include:
Slavery at the Capital…
Topical Searches on the Rare & Early Newspapers’ Website…
My Collecting Story… (new stories added)

Newly Discovered Items

Items which have been listed on our website within the last 30 days.

Thanks for collecting with us.

Sincerely,

Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team
RareNewspapers.com
570-326-1045

Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers . . .
           . . . History’s Newsstand
“…desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:18b
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The June (2020) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

June 22, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Monthly Newsletter ~ Rare & Early Newspapers

Welcome to the June 2020 edition of our monthly newsletter. With so much to talk about, let’s jump right in:

A New Set of Discounted Newspapers – 50% Off

Nearly 140 items have been newly discounted by 50% through July 16th. The prices shown already reflect the discount. Topics include: Thurgood Marshall is appointed to the Supreme Court, Omaha wins Kentucky Derby (1935), Fatty Arbuckle death (1933), the Flight 537 airplane disaster, Amelia Earhart officially declared dead, and more.

Catalog 295 – New Items Added

Since Catalog 295 went to print we’ve added nearly 50 additional items. Some of the topics/issues include: Battle of Lake Champlain (1776), Death of William Clark of “Lewis & Clark” fame, a letter written aboard a slave ship, John Adams’ State of the Union Address (1798), the first successful magazine in the country (1744), Abraham Lincoln’s funeral, “Jack the Ripper” (report in a London newspaper), and more.

Four Interesting Items on eBay

Ruth Bader Ginsburg nominated to the SCOTUS
Very rare newspaper from Sitka, Alaska (1887)
A bound volume (6 mos.) of an 1899 San Diego newspaper
Wright Brothers 1911 glider test flights – new record set

Catalog 295

Speaking of the catalog, some links which you may find useful include:
Key Issues from Catalog 295
Catalog 295 (in “Quick Scan” format)
Catalog 295 – Priced under $50

History’s Newsstand

A sampling of some of the recent posts on the History’s Newsstand blog include:
My collecting story… T.S.P. in New York, NY…
Still Learning… Harper’s Monthly Magazine – Financial Distress & Disaster…
My collecting story… B.D. in Thornhill, Ontario…

Newly Discovered Items

Items which have been listed on our website within the last 30 days.

Thanks for collecting with us.

Sincerely,

Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team
RareNewspapers.com
570-326-1045

Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers . . .
           . . . History’s Newsstand
“…desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.” Hebrews 13:18b
See what’s happening on our social sites

My collecting story… OHPC, Virginia…

June 1, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Below we continue our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.

Why do I buy rare old newspapers?

My reason may not match those of others, but it may be of interest to some.  I have an ancestor who played an important role in the War of 1812.  Several years ago, for its bicentennial, his descendants had a large family reunion.  Research and coordination for this event put us in contact with numerous people and institutions around the world.  We discovered that although many  had various artifacts handed down through the generations; no place or person had a collection of newspapers specifically mentioning the ancestor and his contribution to history!  When we asked who would want such items, we were told that they would be more useful to posterity as a single centralized collection than as individual items scattered in multiple archives.

Over the years, I have acquired about two dozen such papers, mostly through Hughes Rare and Early Newspapers.  So, this is now the largest such collection, worldwide.

As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY. We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.

 

My collecting story… Z.C. in Solvang, CA…

May 15, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Below we continue our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.

I wanted to decorate my courtroom when I had an active trial schedule, and finally hit upon the way to do it and make it meaningful: I would create collages of famous trials in American history. I found there was a whole cottage industry of autograph dealers. I also discovered this bounty on Rare & Early Newspapers and searched the internet for whatever images of the trials might be available. Twenty six collages were the result, starting with the Salem Witch Trials (signature of the chief judge, Samuel Sewell, a 1692 London Gazette, and reproduction of the painting in the Massachusetts State House, and plaques) Trial of John Peter Zenger (signature of Andrew Hamilton, a 1735 Zenger newspaper, a copy of a painting of the trial and explanatory plaques). Proceeding through the Boston Massacre Trial, The Writs of Assistance case, The Trial of the Amistad Mutineers, The Dred Scott Case, The Trial of Dan Sickles, The Scopes Trial, to the Army/McCarthy Hearings.

The civics and American History classes in the local high schools would come and visit. Santa Ynez High School, where I live, would assign a particular trial to a group and each group would write a report after coming up to the courtroom for an afternoon of my presenting the collages to them and answering their questions. After a couple of years and as a courtesy, the high school assigned a student to build a website for extra credits He made the collages interactive so that a viewer could click on any section and bring that part up for closer reading. It became apparent to him that the archivally correct framing and non-glare glass made the written plaques I had created from quotes in various books blurry and difficult to read. To correct this, he carefully re-typed the plaques, which, of course was very time consuming. He finished eight of them before he went off to college. Then, I lost my free web host and was unable to get the disks on which the student had written the interactive program. I paid another fellow to re-create the website, and although I thought it was interactive, he was unable to accomplish that. There are simply photographs of the collages with the plaques recreated in a display unrelated to their place in the collage and photos of some of the parts. Sorry for that. I will try to get it interactive again just as soon as I can find the affordable technician. I also have enough material for ten more collages. Of course, now I know to photograph them in the cut mat before the glass is installed in the frame.

As retirement loomed, the question arose of “What now?”. Luckily, I had an opportunity to be interviewed by C-SPAN’s Yellow Bus tours of interesting sites and it was viewed by the assistant dean of Pepperdine’s law school in Malibu, where the collection is now on permanent loan. I created an educational website which used to be quite popular judging from the emails I received with questions about the cases. It is still up and running even if not interactive at the present. It is: www.historictrials,com That site contains a link to the C-SPAN archives where the twenty minute Interview can be found.

As I say in the website’s introduction: “Here are the stories, then, of lawyers who took up the cause of their clients in adverse circumstances and used their talents and skills to achieve what seemed just at the time. Let us hope there will always be learned men and women of the profession that will rise to the challenges”.

As an aside: I recently created collages of Civil War events, but haven’t yet framed them as they are really rather large which means rather large framing costs and I have yet to find a place to house them. I just finished a collage of a friend from high school who got to Vietnam in time for Tet, and within four months was awarded a Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. Such courage is more than remarkable. It’s on the website even though it has nothing to do with lawyers or trials. He is looking for a place to display it. Perhaps our high school; perhaps one of the military museums.

Thank you for tolerating this long exposition. Lawyers are worse when it comes to conciseness, and retired ones are the worst.

As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY. We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.

 

My collecting story… Z.H. in Benton, Missouri…

May 11, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Below we continue our series in which we post the “stories” graciously submitted by our collecting friends during the pandemic of 2020.

My favorite issue is a September 1820 publication from the Niles’ Register. This specific issue contains one of the earliest non-archived and complete printings of the Missouri Constitution that I know to exist. I am a judge for the State of Missouri, so its personal value to me is beyond words. While there have been a total of six constitutions adopted for the State of Missouri in the last 200 years, to hold a complete copy of the original, published immediately after ratification and adoption, is quite something.

This issue is displayed on a bureau in my office just behind my courtroom. Talk about a conversation piece! But much more than that, seeing this piece of history every morning helps to reaffirm a sincere admiration for those who, for better or worse, have formed our respective governments. To establish government is no small feat. This document breathes inspiration as much as it tells a story of immense cooperation. The writers of this document, much like our Founders, united together in common principles of representation, enforcement, and justice. As a judge, my job is to protect this document, and to make sure everyone has equal access to its privileges and protections. Quite simply, it’s humbling, and owning this copy as part of my collection has been a treat to say the least.

So thank you to everyone at Timothy Hughes Rare and Early Newspapers for making this piece available. It really is a treasure!

As additional “stories” are posted they will be available at: MY COLLECTING STORY. We did this many years ago as well – and their posts are also included.

 

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