Who’s Who in Newspapers? Joseph A. Turner edition…

February 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The 4th installment of Who’s Who in Newspapers:

George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton… Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, Vince Lombardi… John Wayne, James Dean, Katharine Hepburn – these individuals, among many, are easily recognizable. However, there are quite a few historical figures who, while having adorned the pages of many a newspaper, are far from household names. Such is the case with Joseph A Turner. Who is he? What was he known for? When did he live?

Mr. Turner just happens to be the publisher of what is believed to be the only Confederate newspaper printed/published on a Southern Plantation: The Countryman. He was the owner of Turnwold Plantation, located about 9 miles from Eatonton, Georgia – of Chick-fil-A, J.C.H. (see below), and The Color Purple fame.

As if this distinction were not enough, he took on Joel Chandler Harris – the eventual famed author of the Uncle Remus, Br’er Rabbit, and Br’er Fox stories, as an apprentice at the age of 14 – and trained him to serve as the typesetter for the newspaper.

Whenever we post an installment of “Who’s Who in Newspapers,” we typically provide a link to a chronological listing of newspapers which have information regarding the notable person in question. In this case, however, the newspapers are extremely rare, and while we do (at the time of this post) have a handful of issues, in this instance our link simply goes to a sample issue of this title:

THE COUNTRYMAN, by Joseph A. Turner


The Traveler… Notre Dame hires a new coach… Didn’t get his name right…

February 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

I journeyed today to New York City via The New York Times of February 21, 1918. I found a small but significant report “New Notre Dame Coach”. “Knut [sic] K. Rockne has been appointed to succeed Jesse C. Harper as director of athletics at Notre Dame… Rockne’s work as assistant coach won for him the new position… The new coach will assume his duties in June”.

Knute is regarded as one of the greatest coaches in college football history. His career was cut short when he died in a plane crash on March 31, 1931 at the age of 43.

~The Traveler


Great Headlines Speak For Themselves… death of Marilyn Monroe…

February 12, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The best headlines need no commentary. Such is the case with the LOS ANGELES TIMES, California, August 6, 1962: “MARILYN MONROE FOUND DEAD”

The Traveler… Battle of Baltimore…

February 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Yesterday I traveled to Baltimore, Maryland, by the means of the Niles’ Register dated February 7, 1818. There I found an exchange of letters between Caleb Strong, the Governor of Massachusetts, and President Monroe pertaining to payment for militia called out during the war but withheld from the control of the national government. “…A few weeks since, agreeably to the request of general Dearborn, I detached eleven hundred militia for three months, for the defence of our coast… I will thank you , sir, to consult with the president, and inform me whether the expenses, thus necessarily incurred for our protection, will be ultimately reimbursed to this state by the general government;…”  The reply was “… Any aid which the state of Massachusetts may afford to the United States to meet these expenditures, will be cheerfully received, and applied to the payment and support of the militia of that state in the service of the United States. It will be proper that the money thus advanced should be deposited in some bank in Boston, at hat the disbursement of it may be made under the authority of the government of the United States as in similar cases elsewhere. Credit will be given to the state for such advance and the amount be considered as a loan to the United States…”

~The Traveler

February thru time (50, 100, 150, 200, & 250 years ago) – 2018 edition…

February 5, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What news was reported in the month of February – 50, 100, 150, 200, and 250 years ago (1968, 1918, 1868, 1818, 1768)? Such a walk back through time via the eyes of those who read the daily and weekly newspapers of the period can be quite revealing. This is why we often say, “History is never more fascinating than when it’s read from the day it was first reported.” The following links will take you back in time to show the available newspapers from the Rare & Early newspapers website. There’s no need to buy a thing. Simply enjoy the stroll.
1968 – 50 years ago
1918 – 100 years ago
1868 – 150 years ago
1818 – 200 years ago
1768 – 250 years ago
Wanting for more? Why not take a year-long gander at 1668, 1718, 1768, 1818, 1868, 1918, and/or 1968?

Announcing: Catalog #267 (for February, 2018) is now available…

February 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

http://images.rarenewspapers.com.s3.amazonaws.com/ebayimgs/Webs/Catalog-Rare-Newspapers.jpgRare Newspapers’ monthly offering of collectible newspapers, Catalog 267, is now available. This latest collection of authentic newspapers is comprised of nearly 350 new items. Some of the noteworthy content includes:

• The Articles of Confederation (on the front page)
• 1787 printing of the Constitution of the United States
• Terrific & very detailed 1740 map of the Caribbean
• The Gettysburg Address
• Period mention of the Great Fire of London
• Pennsylvania Gazette with the Ben Franklin imprint

To view the above key issues and a whole lot more, go to: Catalog 267

(The catalog links shown above will redirect to the latest catalog in approximately 30 days, upon which time it will update to the most recent catalog.)