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

[1]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 [2]“.

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 the reprints 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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#1 Comment By Charles Signer On 05/15/2012 @ 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 Comment By Cindy On 04/27/2016 @ 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 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 05/13/2016 @ 7:07 am

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#4 Comment By Larry On 09/24/2016 @ 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 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 10/04/2016 @ 7:15 am

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#6 Comment By Mary Thomas On 10/20/2016 @ 12:23 pm

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

#7 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 10/21/2016 @ 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 [3]. Please include as many details as possible. Thanks.

#8 Comment By Eric Fettmann On 11/04/2017 @ 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 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 11/06/2017 @ 11:11 am

Thanks Eric

#10 Comment By Kimberly lutes On 02/25/2018 @ 12:20 pm

Good afternoon
I found one of the original shown above can you please tell me the estimate value

#11 Comment By GuyHeilenman On 03/28/2018 @ 8:08 am

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