Are cigarettes bad for you? Thomas Edison & Philip Morris disagree…

September 24, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

We recently found a rather interesting half-page notice in a Boston Evening Transcript, July 9, 1914, in which the Philip Morris company pushed back on an article from a few months prior in which Thomas Edison is quoted as saying he believes cigarettes to be bad for one’s health. I don’t know about you, but the ad comes of a bit self-serving. Of course time would prove Edison to have actually been more gracious than what truth would eventually reveal.

A tad bit premature… The Traveler…

September 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A few days ago my journey took me to New York City by the way of the New York Spectator dated September 15, 1818. It is there I found the announcement “Death of Col. Daniel Boon (Boone),” which included in part: “As he lived so he died, with his gun in his hand… rode to a deer-lick, seated himself within a blind raised to conceal him.. while setting thus concealed… without pain, he breathed out his last so gently, that when he found next day by this friends… he looked as if alive…”

Hmmm, maybe he truly was still alive as he did not die until two years later on September 26, 1820!

~The Traveler

The September (2018) Newsletter from Rare & Early Newspapers…

September 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Each month the staff of Timothy Hughes Rare & Early Newspapers sends out a newsletter to our members which includes special offers, discounts, alerts to new inventory, and information related to the rare newspaper collectible.

The September, 2018 newsletter:

Welcome to the September edition of our monthly newsletter. This month we offer a free newspaper (see details below), a set of nearly 200 issues discounted by 50%, a link to our newly discovered items, and a selection of a few recent posts from our History’s Newsstand Blog. Please enjoy.
Free Newspaper – We have approximately 35 issues of the Niles’ Register (Baltimore) which we are offering for no cost – except, potentially, S&H. If you order it as a stand-alone item, you only pay $5 S&H. If you order other items but the order is less than $100, you will only pay $1 additional S&H for this issue. If your order is for over $100, you will not pay any shipping on this “free” issue. Please, only 1 per collector. The issue may be purchased at: FREE NILES’ REGISTER


Discounted Newspapers (50% off) Nearly 200 new items have been *discounted by 50% through October 15, 2018. Take advantage.


Catalog 274 – Enjoy the remaining items from our latest catalog of historic newspapers.


Newly Discovered Items – Each month we have several newspapers which are unearthed after our catalog goes to print. The content is typically quite diverse. Feel free to view the new listings at: New Items


History’s Newsstand Blog (featured posts):

Additional posts from the past several weeks may be viewed at: History’s Newsstand Blog

Thanks for collecting with us.


Guy Heilenman & The Rare & Early Newspapers Team

Snapshot 1927… Several are killed and they’re worried about the score???

September 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The following snapshot comes from The Leominster Daily Enterprise dated January 27, 1927

Perhaps the editor should have picked up on this double entendre tainted headline?

The Panama Canal Opens in 1914… a question…

September 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Many are familiar with the Panama Canal and its profound impact on international trade and travel, however, few are aware of the great cost paid – in effort, dollars, and loss of life, in order to bring it to fruition. Still, after decades of suffocating labor, the canal opened in 1914. Trivia buffs may know of the Alexandre La Valley (a floating crane) – which became the first self-propelled vessel to pass from one end to the other , and others are able to recall the United States steamship, Ancon, as being the first large vessel to make the trip.

Trivia Challenge: What about the impact of the canal on military interests? While the intention of the canal was one of peace, which country has the distinction of being the first to have one of its warships pass through the canal? After you’ve made your best guess, go to the August 18, 1914 Boston Evening Transcript to see if any of you are correct. If so, feel free to brag about your knowledge by contacting me through e-mail. Good luck. To-date, “0” people have guessed correctly.

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

September 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What news was reported in the month of September – 50 (1958), 100 (1918), 150 (1868), 200 (1818), and 250 (1768) years ago? 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?

World Series bound… Before the “Curse of the Bambino”… The Traveler…

September 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Today I journeyed to New York City by way of The New York Times dated September 1, 1918, where I found that the Boston Red Sox had won the American League Pennant. “The Two Rival Managers & Their Shock Troops Primed for the World’ Series Clash This Week.” “Boston clinched the American League pennant by winning the first game of today’s double header from Philadelphia, 6 to 1, with Ruth holding the visitors to three hits… (Babe) Ruth’s all around play, including his terrific double to deep centre field, which just missed entering the bleachers, was the feature of the first game.”

Babe Ruth would end up being traded to the New York Yankees in December, 1919, in a very controversial trade. This would also be the last World’s Series that the Red Sox would win until 2004, sometimes dubbed “The Curse of the Bambino.”

~The Traveler