The "Bradford Reporter" newspaper from the small town of Towanda, Pennsylvania, October 22, 1863, contains: "The Story of Two Bullets" which provides a somewhat poetic analogy to a hopeful conclusion to the Civil War.
1st Place ($100 website gift certificate) -Phil Howland who submitted a St. Louis Missouri Republican, June 22, 1826, regarding "A MISSOURI TRAPPER"
2nd Place ($50 website gift certificate) - Joe Rainone, who submitted THE DAY’S DOINGS, February 10, 1872, regarding General Custer and Miss Spotted Tale"
3rd Place ($25 website gift certificate) -Erik Anderson, who submitted The Gentleman's Magazine, dated March, 1732, regarding "Vampires"The entire text all of entries may be viewed at:
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hidden pleasures of the collectible. See the image to the right for one recently discovered intriguing little nugget published in the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS issue of March 9, 1861. John Lund held the job of beheading state criminals in the Tower of London, but never mind that the last time such "services" were required was in 1746. Apparently his only responsibility was to show up twice a year to collect his pay check, which he did "...with a large bright hatchet on his shoulder". They believe the position may be abolished(!) By the way, a "sinecure" is "an office or position requiring little or no work". Have you found any such nuggets in your newspapers? The July 9, 1881 issue of HARPER'S WEEKLY includes two small and inconspicuous notes reading: "A Western newspaper announces that two desperadoes who were firing pistol-shots at persons passing on the street 'were ordered to be quiet by Policeman Jones'. " There is said to be living in Baden an old man who claims the unique title of 'boot-stretcher to the royal family.' For many years his sole duty was to wear the new boots of the father of the present Grand Duke until his master could put them on with comfort. The old man now enjoys a pension." Have you discovered any fascinating or unusual tidbits in newspapers you have purchased? Please share your story.