Rare newspaper prices from 60 years ago…

July 30, 2009 by  
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american_newspapers_coverWhile cleaning out some files at home I came across a little catalog of “American Newspapers 1732 – 1890” offered for sale by Stephen Nagy of Philadelphia. The back page has various items noting the date of the catalog as 1948.

american_newspapers_lincolnThe photos show some interesting prices.  Some may not be shown in the photos but I noticed a Confederate issue of the “Norfolk Bulletin” of 1864 for $1.25; the “Daily Hawaiian Herald” of 1866 for $3; a colonial issue of the “Pennsylvania Chronicle” of Phila., 1768 for $7.50; a ‘Phila. Inquirer” with a first report of Lincoln’s assassination for $3; the very desirable “Inquirer” of April 25, 1865 with the full pg. illustration of Lincoln’s remains in Independence Hall for $4; and a wide selection of “Dunlap’s American Daily Advertiser“, Phila., from 1796 and 1797 for $1 each.

We’ve never promoted the investment potential of rare newspapers but rather encourage the collecting of historic issues for enjoyment & personal pleasure, but this catalog from the past does give evidence of the considerable variance in prices from 61 years ago.  Additional images of this early newspapers catalog may be found at:  American Newspapers (1732-1890) Catalog – 1948.

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2 Responses to “Rare newspaper prices from 60 years ago…”

  1. Ann Holtz on September 14th, 2012 11:33 am

    I have in my possession the full newspaper from August 15, 1865 that you noted in your article about old catalog prices. I have tried unsuccessfully to obtain a value of that newspaper. Although the edges are ragged and there is a crease in the middle, it is in good condition.

    Can you point me in the right direction as to where I could find an estimate of value?

    Thank you

    Ann Holtz

  2. Ann Holtz on September 14th, 2012 11:34 am

    Forgot to mention that it is the Philadelphia Inquirer noting Lincoln’s Assassination

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