The reprint issues of the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” Pearl Harbor issue…

May 14, 2012 by  
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If there is a second in line for the most common phone call or email about a newspaper which turns out to be a reprint, it would be the December 7, 1941 of the  “Honolulu Star-Bulletin – 1st Extra“.

The genuine issue is arguably the best newspaper to have reporting the historic bombing of Pearl Harbor, being a dramatic headline, from the day it happened, and from where it happened. And consequently those conditions make it ripe for creating a reprint edition. From what I understand they are still available at the souvenir shop at the Pearl Harbor memorial.

There are a couple of tell-tale indicators which are easily observed:

* The genuine issue has an ink smear between the “A” and “R” in the huge “WAR ! ” in the headline.

* The reprint edition does not have the ink smear, it  having been “cleaned up” to make for a better appearance.

* The genuine “1st Extra” is 8 pages and does not have the “2nd Extra” nor the “3rd Extra” within, as they were separate, stand-alone edition printed later in the day. The reprint editions typically have one of both of the later editions on pages 3 and/or 5.

* At least one of the reprint edition has the front page of the “Honolulu Advertiser” newspaper on page 3. Obviously a competing newspaper’s front page would not be found within a genuine issue of the “Star-Bulletin”.

As if the above are not sufficient in determine a genuine from reprint edition, the photos of the reprints typically have a “muddy” appearance and are not as crisp & clear as would be found in the genuine issue.

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9 Responses to “The reprint issues of the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin” Pearl Harbor issue…”

  1. Charles Signer on May 15th, 2012 11:57 pm

    Collectors should beware of reprints looking like the ones with the smudge between the letters as shown on this posting. They are difficult to detect from a picture on the web. After you have seen an original they are easy to detect. This type of reprint is printed on a cheap woodpulp paper which gets yellow and brittle. The originals are on a better stock which remains white. The genuine versions of the other December 7 Extra editions and the next day’s editions are printed on the same stock.

    Buyers would be well advised to get these issues only from a reputable dealer such as Tim Hughes.

  2. Cindy on April 27th, 2016 2:19 am

    Hi my grandmother 92 and we found a pearl harbor paper in a plastic bag it’s in excellent condition..But a friend showed us saying it has 1974 in corner and said its a reprint for the movie pearl harbor..is it still worth anything can you please tell me the value ..it’s been at his home for last 6 months we keep asking for it back ..we thought it was real we like to know to what the value of both real and fake thank you sincerely Cindy Mcburnie

  3. GuyHeilenman on May 13th, 2016 7:07 am

    Please submit all queries regarding the value of a newspaper or a set of newspapers to info@rarenewspapers.com. The blog is not monitored for such purposes. Once received, we’ll do our best to respond within 24 business hours. Thanks for your understanding.

  4. Larry on September 24th, 2016 10:48 am

    I have a souvenir edition of the Honolulu advertiser dated Sunday December 7 1941.
    Headline, JAPANESE BOMB PEARL HARBOR! All twelve pages are intact
    This has been wrapped in plastic for all these years.
    I found this while cleaning out a garage about twenty years ago wrapped in plastic. I misplaced it years ago but just found it while I was cleaning out my house because i’m going to move.
    My question is this worth anything.
    Thanx.

  5. GuyHeilenman on October 4th, 2016 7:15 am

    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.

  6. Mary Thomas on October 20th, 2016 12:23 pm

    Hi my mom passed away and she has a 1941 Peal Harbor newspaper wondering what is the worth

  7. GuyHeilenman on October 21st, 2016 12:46 pm

    Hello Mary: 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.

  8. Eric Fettmann on November 4th, 2017 7:29 pm

    Some other telltale signs of reprints: Some have a page a photos headlines “A Day That Will Live in Infamy.” That phrase was uttered by FDR in his speech to Congress the following day, so obviously it would not appear in a newspaper on the previous day. Second, some of those photos usually include one of Douglas MacArthur accepting the Japanese surrender in 1945. Finally, some reprint editions include a large article about the USS Arizona memorial — which, again, did not exist on Dec. 7, 1941.

  9. GuyHeilenman on November 6th, 2017 11:11 am

    Thanks Eric

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