May 3, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
Premature reports which have proven to be untrue are all too common in newspapers of all eras. The famous "Dewey Defeats Truman"
headline of the "Chicago Tribune
" of 1948 is perhaps the most well known. Here is one which I've not seen before as reported in the "Prescott Journal Miner" of Arizona, April 3, 1932
. It was just over a month later that the Lindbergh baby was found dead. Please share other false reports with the collectible community.
April 19, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
Here's an interesting "sport" as reported in "The Evening Times", Pawtucket, Rhode Island, June 4, 1912
. Talk about fun!!!
April 8, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
A recent piece on the web concerning the gift of a "stack of old newspapers
" (see the hyperlink) to a grandson is a common story in our collecting world. A woman from Racine, Wisconsin, gave her grandson a box of historic newspapers, mostly World War II headline reports but including other events of the post-war era, collected by her husband. The photos show some nice banner headlines, several of the issues being the "Chicago Tribune" but including other titles from the Midwest.
Such finds, or gifts, are typically the catalyst for a new-found hobby. And newspapers from the last 60 or 70 years can be found for even the most modest of collecting budgets. Our website
features major events of World War II, the Holocaust, the space race, baseball, Korean War, Vietnam War, Watergate--you name the event and it's likely among the 2600+ issues from this era found on our website. Many prices range from $20 to $40 while some more significant events or dramatic headlines achieve higher values, and would be among the best newspapers for any collection.
For the beginning collector, the 20th century is an excellent entree to the much bigger world of our hobby which can includes newspapers back to the 16th century. Large headlines or events remembered by elder relatives bring to life the events which were formative to the American experience of the last 70 years. See: Stack of Old Newspapers
April 1, 2013 by The Traveler · Leave a Comment
Today I journeyed to Detroit, Michigan by the way of The Detroit News of April 1, 1963
. There I found that people of New York city would be able to enjoying their daily papers again as the 114-day newspaper strike had ended. Newspaper headlines read as "New York's Alive Again!", "Well, Hello There! We have News For You" and "Read All About It - Oh, What a Beautiful Morning". "A series of labor disputes had shut down the papers for nearly four months and cost the city's economy an estimated $250 million."
Some of the newspapers came back to print with the price of the issues being raised by half, some even doubled the cost per issue.
The back page of the issue features an article "Economists See a Future of Abundance - Full, Rich Life Only 40 Years Away... The Year 2000".
This is an interesting look at four decades into the future with articles of "Note of Caution on Planning"; "Ample Resources Seen for Future"; "More Funds Urged for Research"; "Taller Americans, Bigger Appetites"; "Energy Demand Due to Triple"
and more. It also includes four interesting illustrations of the futuristic glimpses of life (see image below or click on link above). Ready to use your car that is able to take to the air to avoid the heavy traffic on the turnpikes and freeways?
March 11, 2013 by TimHughes · 1 Comment
For likely a multitude of reasons, interest in World War II
newspapers ranks far higher than in the Korean War
, World War I
, or the Spanish-American War
. It may be a generational thing, as most collectors today are children of World War II
veterans and likely heard stories of the war first-hand, or found
newspapers in their parents attics which sparked an interest. One could debate a number of other possible reasons why other wars lack the intrigue found in that fought by the "greatest generation".
Headline collecting has always been a focus for this hobby, and as any collector knows, bold, banner headlines did not become commonplace until late in the 19th century. With the increasing competitiveness of daily newspapers across the country--Hearst
& others rising to prominence--flashier front pages were needed to draw attention at the corner news stand. It's a shame there is not more interest in the Spanish-American War
and World War I
as both events resulted in some huge, dramatic, & very displayable headlines.
Because there are a plethora of newspapers from the WWII
era available, collectors have become very discriminating in what they collect. Only the "best of the best
" will do, meaning just the major events and only those with huge and displayable headlines. If there is a "top 6" list of sought-after events, our experience is they would be: 1) attack on Pearl Harbor
; 2) the D-Day
invasion; 3) death of Hitler
; 4) end of the war in Europe; 5) dropping of the atomic bomb
; 6) end of the war in the Pacific
. One could add any number of other battle reports such as Midway
, battle of the Bulge
, fall of Italy, Iwo Jima
, battle for Berlin
, and so much more. And we could step back before American involvement in the war and add Hitler's
invasion of Poland
and the battle of Britain.
The bigger the headline the better. With some newspapers the entire front page was taken up with a headline and a related graphic. The U.S. flag was a common patriotic device. Tabloid-size newspapers
commonly had the front page entirely taken up with a singular headline and tend to be better for display given their smaller size.
And not just American newspapers draw interest. German newspapers hold a special intrigue, but the language barrier is a problem for many. But the British Channel Islands
, located in the English Channel between England & France, were occupied by the Nazi
during the war so their reports were very pro-Nazi
while printed in the English language (ex., Guernsey Island
). And the military newspaper "Stars and Stripes
", while certainly being American, was published at various locations in Europe and the Pacific. Collectors have a special interest in finding World War II
events in the official newspapers of the American military forces. Plus there were a multitude of "camp" newspapers, amateur-looking newspapers printed on a mimeograph machine for consumption limited to a military base, and typically printed is very small quantities. Their rarity is not truly appreciated by many.
For obvious reasons, there is also a high degree of collectible interest from those wishing to make sure certain aspects of history are not forgotten. The Holocaust
, and the Nazi propaganda
used to provide a rationale for eliminating the Jewish people, is well documented in newspapers from the era. In addition to the Holocaust and its atrocities
, issues providing context through reporting other pre-war events
such as the Great Depression, fascism, and increased militarism, are also desirable.
True to any collectable field, newspaper collectors are always on the lookout for an issue better than what they have, and collection upgrades are constant. Finding that special, rare, unusual or fascinating headline is what makes the hobby fun. Will interest in the Korean War
and the Vietnam War
gain more interest in future years? Perhaps so. With interest currently low and availability and prices very attractive, it might be a good time to explore.
February 8, 2013 by GuyHeilenman · 1 Comment
Selecting the news for a newspaper's headline must be quite challenging at times, especially when there are multiple significant events clamoring for top billing. We recently came across a Leominster Daily Enterprise, MA, April 16, 1947, which had 5 noteworthy events to choose from:
* Execution of Rudolf Hoess, Nazi commandant of Auschwitz... oversaw massacre of 2,000,000 Jews
* Milton Reynolds breaks Howard Hughes around-the-world aviation record in his "Bombshell"
* Jackie Robinson breaks racial barrier... 1st regular season MLB game played by an African American
* Texas City disaster (350 killed)
* Princess Elizabeth and Philip Mountbatten (from Greece) become engaged, with photo
Which do you think grabbed the headline back in 1947?To find out if you made the right choice, go to:
(see the 4th image)
What if the same events occurred today? Would the editors make the same choice for tomorrow's headline? We'd love to know your thoughts... and reasons.
January 4, 2013 by TimHughes · Leave a Comment
The "Detroit Free Press" issue of December 12, 1939 report this interesting incident which affected--of all organizations--a fire company...
December 17, 2012 by The Traveler · Leave a Comment
Today I traveled to San Francisco, California, by way of The Call dated December 17, 1912
. There I found that the Federal Supreme Court had ruled to destroy the monopoly that was created by six railroad owned coal companies in the Pennsylvania anthracite fields which had purchased the output for all time of "independent" mines. They were shown to be in "undisputed control". This was the first time the Supreme Court successfully used the "Essential Facility Doctrine", and resulted in significant restraint on monopolies.
The sports page had boxer Frank Moran preparing for upcoming matches, against Gunboat Smith, Luther McCarty and Al Palzer. Frank Moran retired ten years later after 66 bouts and then entered the career of acting in which he played many roles of gangsters, bartenders, guards, cops, bouncers, etc.. He retired from that in 1957 at the age of 70 and died ten years later from a heart attack.
Did you ever read a novel about all the mysterious and unusual murders on a ship at sea? This issue has a report of "Death Stalks On The Korea's Trip"
which would read right out of a novel. This would be one cruise that this traveler would not
wish to participate in! Check it out!! (see report
November 9, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
A staff member at Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers recently received a set of newspaper headlines which are worth pondering. We've decided to split them up over a few posts... this being the final of the initial set - with perhaps more to come??? If you know of others - appropriateness is a must :) - please send them on (e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will consider adding them to a future post. If you would like to receive credit, please include your name. Please enjoy:
November 3, 2012 by GuyHeilenman · Leave a Comment
A staff member at Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers
recently received a set of newspaper headlines which are worth pondering. We've decided to split them up over a few posts... this being the 2nd of three. If you know of others - appropriateness is a must :) - please send them on (e-mail to email@example.com) and we will consider adding them to a future post. If you would like to receive credit, please include your name. Please enjoy:
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