Related collectibles… carrier & newsie memorabilia…

October 8, 2009 by  
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The world of rare newspaper collecting need not be limited to just newspapers. I’ve ventured into peripheral collectibles which I find interesting, and I’m wondering if any of you have as well.

Wagon_Carrier_Bag_CollectibleI’ve picked up several “paper bags” as we used to call them, and which are rarely seen today. They are the cloth “slings” newspaper carriers wore over the shoulder in which newspapers we held when being delivered (does anyone remember them?).

I’ve also purchased two of the newspaper wagons used in the earlier part of the 20th century in which carriers pulled the day’s edition as he made his deliver rounds. They make decorative pieces today and look much like other early children’s wagons but often had higher side rails. And they were distinguished by the newspaper name & logo painted on the sides.

I’ve also collecting little nick-knack figurines which include a newspaper in some way, and my, have I been amazed how many exist! There is at least one Hummel piece, a few Precious Moments, and a number of more “generic” brand figurines which feature a newspaper in a variety of ways. And those who collect Christmas pieces will encounter numerous miniature print shops and newsstands if they browse in any mall gift or specialty shop.  I’ve also found a few framed prints which show someone reading a newspaper, or perhaps a newspaper print shop, a news carrier, etc.

What related newspaper collectibles do you pursue? Feel free to respond and share with others.

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One Response to “Related collectibles… carrier & newsie memorabilia…”

  1. Richard Heaton on October 22nd, 2009 3:39 pm

    I normally only collect British and Irish Newspapers (up to 1865) however occasionally I acquire newspaper related ephemera

    An example is on the link attached – Newspaper prospectus (probably virtually the last example) of the Bolton Express (Lancashire Regional Newspaper)

    Another rare (I suspect) area can be the text written on newspapers. You might think this devalues the paper but I’m not so sure. Copies of many of my early Berrow’s Newspapers have a note written in the 1750’s probably relating to payment of the tax on advertisements – which I think is a great link – especially as they tie Berrow’s Worcester Journal to Harvey Berrow himself (no other copy would have this detail even if it has survived)

    Best Regards
    Richard H

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