December 18, 1840 issue of the Citizen Soldier, Vermont, gives us a glimpse as to how he was viewed within less than 50 years of his death. The end of the biography has a few extra treats as well. Although quite lengthy... please enjoy: historic newspapers. Today's installment: the printing of the photograph and the corresponding report of... The Loch Ness Monster (see below). The article and photograph shown appeared in The New York Times dated April 22, 1934. Additional images are available at: Loch Ness Monster. Enjoy. August 14, 1840 issue of The Citizen Soldier, Vermont, yields at least one perspective on how to be a successful student. Kids, please don't try this at home. What does the phrase "having cold feet" mean anyway?
Lazy I want to be lazy I want to be out in the sun With no work to be done Under that awning They call the sky Stretching and yawning And let the world go drifting by...However, before we sell all we have in our quest for the easy life running a New England Inn, or simply immobilize ourselves with longings for the lazy hazy days of Summer, an article we found in the September 4, 1840 issue of The Citizen Soldier (oddly enough - from Vermont) has a different perspective on laziness - providing ample food for thought: Wild Bill Hickok is another. Neither are commonly found in newspapers of the day with the Hickok report being one of the more difficult to find, and typically on a brief report when found. We recently came across the "New York Herald" of August 13, 1876 with the report & thought it worth sharing: September 4, 1840 issue of The Citizen Soldier, Vermont, provides a mid-19th century perspective (advice) for how to acquire good health. Try to imagine the follow-up letters to the editor in response had this appeared within this morning's paper. Please enjoy: In today's travels, "The Call" from San Francisco dated November 18, 1910, carried articles on two interesting men in history. The first is well known to most, that being Count Leo Tolstoy in which the reporting of his life was wavering with the doctors believing he was fighting his last battle. It would be only a couple more days when the papers would be reporting of his death. The other may be one that is less know, Ralph Johnstone. He became a Wright Brothers exhibition pilot, set flight altitude records and the first pilot of the Wright team to die. Johnstone fell 500 feet to his death during a flight in Denver which is reported in this issue. I also found that the Post Office was facing problems at that time as well. Be careful of how much time you spend at the post office as you just may be asked to say "cheese"! ~The Traveler Fellow collector Morris Brill raises a question which others may have pondered as well: "Is there a safe way of removing the label without harming or staining the newspaper?" Address labels come in various sizes. The earliest ones are generally from the post-Civil War years and those labels tend to be relatively narrow strips with just the subscriber's name or an institution's name. A city might be included as well. Those of the 20th century tend to be one-half to three-quarters of an inch tall and contain the full address of the subscriber. If discretely placed above the masthead & not touching any text they can be quite harmless and add a certain "charm" and authenticity to the newspaper, but those which cover portions of the masthead or headline are annoying. And they can be removed. In every case I've encountered the glue is water soluble, and once softened the label can be peeled off with little trouble. Since the label is almost always of thicker paper stock than the newspaper, the quickest way to soften the glue is to moisten the reverse side, meaning the actual newspaper from page two. Once the outline of the label is felt (or hold up to the light & note the outline), I use a cotton swab and warm water (distilled would be best) to dampen the back side of the label. Patience and experimentation are important, as often two or three applications of water and up to ten minutes of waiting are required for the glue to soften such that the label can be removed by using an exacto-knife to peel it up from a corner. Once removed and the dampness dries there may or may not be a minor water stain which remains, but I always find this much less offensive than the label covering part of the headline. It is my opinion that the value of the newspaper is enhanced by having the label removed despite a minor stain. If you have had success with other methods of removing address labels, feel free to share. Rare & Early newspaper collecting hobby is finding unforeseen historical nuggets buried deep within the pages of newspapers... just waiting to be unearthed. This was recently brought to the surface again by a collector/history teacher who purchases 19th century wholesale lots (undescribed as to content) for his students and for personal use . His note is as follows:
This paper (from a wholesale lot) had a reference to a house vote for the "relief" of Susan Decatur, wife of naval hero Stephen Decatur. She had inherited $75,000 from her husband, who was killed in a duel in 1820. This is the equivalent of $1.4 million today. The bill was defeated. One of the nays was cast by Congressman Crockett (David). Minor, but priceless info. Your company does more good than you know.Feel free to share your own discoveries with the collecting community.