The enormous front page 3 1/2″ letters say it all:
“Dies at His ‘Command Post in Berlin’ Nazi Radio Informs Reich”
“DOENITZ TAKES HELM; ‘WILL CONTINUE FIGHT’”
This truly remarkable newspaper contains pages and photos of the stunning news–Der Fuehrer has finally been killed. Of course, we know from history that he apparently committed suicide in his command bunker below the streets of Berlin as the bombed out capital of the Third Reich was being overrun by Russian soldiers. Admiral Doenitz, the genius behind the German U-Boat campaign, took overall command of remaining Nazi forces.
Couldn’t scan it, but there is a phenomenal two-page centerfold spread of thirteen photographs showing Hitler’s rise and fall in Nazi Germany including his younger days, his parents, the adoring crowds and more. It was difficult to take my eyes off these rare images. This is the complete 28-page issue that came out on May 2, 1945 in New York City announcing the glorious news to all Americans. A superb historical issue you’ll read many times over…and I’m certain show to your friends. It’s that graphic!
INCREDIBLE FRONT PAGE HEADLINES AND GRAPHIC PHOTOS OF THE LEGENDARY PLAY!
The Boston Post
October 6, 1941
Of all the rare newspapers we have EVER owned (and this includes Babe Ruth’s 60th Home Run), this complete issue of the Boston Post our personal favorite. One glance at the scans will convince you–it is simply chilling! My father told me a great deal of Major League Baseball lore, and Mickey Owens muff of what should have been the final strike in the 9th inning was the one I really remembered. But, to actually see it in print as those did back in 1941 when this newspaper was put out on the stands–priceless!!
As the beginning of the front page report opens, “It could have happened only in Brooklyn.” Mickey Owens couldn’t catch pitcher Hugh Casey’s low curveball to Tommy Henrich (who had swung and missed for the third strike and final out of the game), who ended up on first base. Casey never recovered after this play as the Bronx Bombers, starting with Joe DiMaggio, belted the Dodger hurler for four runs to win the fourth game of the 1941 World Series, 7-4. The front page contains two huge graphic photos of the play while the Sports page continues the massive game coverage with three additional photos, big headlines and even a large cartoon. The complete story of the game is included plus the box score and composite WS box score. The hapless “Bums” never recovered from the 9th inning debacle as the Yankees would go on to win the Series, 4 games to 1.
This remarkable issue has other news and features as well including the Death of Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, a great photo of Shirley Temple and a huge (3/4 of a page) Oldsmobile advertisement (it just leaps out at you)!
This is the complete 18-page newspaper as printed back in 1941 – arguably the best sports newspaper (for my money, that is) I’ve yet seen. Condition is very fine with no problems or tears noted. I’d read it cover to cover a few times, show my friends, and then have it framed!
MANTLE BECOMES FIRST PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY TO HIT HOME RUNS
BOTH LEFT-HANDED AND RIGHT-HANDED….IN ONE GAME!
YANKEE SLUGGER ACCOUNTS FOR ALL FIVE RUNS IN VICTORY OVER DETROIT TIGERS
ALSO…TED WILLIAMS SIGNS WITH BOSTON RED SOX FOR $75,000
The Detroit Free Press
May 14, 1955
The Sports Page headlines say it all: “MANTLE PUTS SLUG ON TIGERS, 5-2.” “3 HOMERS TOO MUCH FOR GROMEK.” The Free Press publishes both the fantastic achievement from Yankee Stadium in New York, the complete box score, PLUS a great photo of “The Mick” handling three bats at one time!
Also in this issue is a report that the great Ted Williams is glad to be “back to work” with the Boston Red Sox for 1955. “The Splendid Splinter” had considered retiring, but decided to come back once again. During the season, he appeared in 98 games hitting an amazing .356 with 28 home runs. Nice photo of “Teddy Ballgame” practicing a bunt of all things!
The complete issue contains 24 pages and is in nice shape. The paper has some pages wholly or partially separated at the spine apparently when the issue was disbound from a 1955 volume years ago. The only damage I see is to the last unimportant page (23-24). With Mantle rookie cards selling for $5,000 up to $280,00+ (and there are a great many around), this historic issue is quite the bargain to say the least! I seldom, if ever, see a newspaper on Mickey Mantle.
The New York Times
March 9, 1948
In a controversial (to this day) 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court declared that religious instruction in public school buildings was unconstitutional. A mother in Champaign, Illinois, who was an avowed atheist, complained that her son felt “embarrassed” by being the only child in his schoolroom not attending religious classes under a local plan.” Justice Hugo Black stated for the court that the use of tax-supported property for dissemination of religious doctrines violated the Constitutional concept of separation of church and state, first written in an 1801 letter of Thomas Jefferson.–Jefferson was separating the institutions of church and state. However, the 1948 ruling, according to some experts, turned the First Amendment to the Constitution on its head, by separating religion and civil government at all levels including state and local governments.
In other news, there is are large front page headlines announcing, “TRUMAN AND M’ARTHUR WILL ACCEPT NOMINATIONS FOR THE PRESIDENCY, THEY SAY, IF CHOSEN BY CONVENTIONS.” “PRESIDENT READY. HE WILL NOT BACK DOWN ON PALESTINE, CIVIL RIGHTS STANDS.” Meanwhile, General Douglas MacArthur “WOULD MEET DUTY.” “General Says He Would Be ‘Recreant’ to Balk Call of the People.” “DOES NOT COVET OFFICE.” See scans for photos of Gen. MacArthur and President Harry Truman.
This is the complete 48-page special rag paper edition of the Times in near mint condition.
May 23, 1927
Huge headline: “SEEK CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FOR LINDBERGH.” The intrepid flyer, who had just flown solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris, tells his own story of the historic flight. “HOW LINDBERGH ACCOMPLISHED N.Y. PARIS TRIP.” Flying partly through a sleet storm, sometimes only ten feet above the water, Lindbergh casually said, “I was lucky…I found a happy medium and flew through the worst of the storm….I was more frightened by the crowds at Le Bourget (airport) than at any time during the trip. If I hadn’t gotten out of the plane they would have broken it up.” In another of many articles headed, “AIRPLANE IS GIVEN MOST CREDIT FOR TRIP BY LINDBERGH,”the pilot praised his famous “Spirit of St. Louis” single-engine aircraft for getting him threw. (The original plane is now in the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum in Washington). Also, please see the large bust photo of Capt. Lindbergh smack on the front page! Inside there is an incredible radio photograph sent when “Lucky Lindy” landed at Le Bourget in Paris. (see scans)
The newspaper is complete, contains 18 pages, and is in very fine, clean condition–very well preserved. This one won’t last long!
The Washington Post
Election Special – Commemorative Edition
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
“OBAMA MAKES HISTORY” announces the headline. “U.S. DECISIVELY ELECTS FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT. DEMOCRATS EXPAND CONTROL OF CONGRESS.” Barack Hussein Obama handily defeats Arizona Senator John McCain who was unable to overcome his Republican ties (real or imagined) to the Bush Administration. Senator Obama addressed a crowd of 125,000 in Chicago’s Grant Park saying, “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.”
This special same-day Commemorative issue of the Post was printed when all regular editions had been swept off the newsstands everywhere. And, then this special edition was sold out in very short order as well as people were lined up waiting for the delivery trucks!!
You get the complete 26-page newspaper in mint, unread condition. We have less than a handful to sell so please call or email your order!
“Soviet Union is laid to rest”
“Republics form Commonwealth of Independent States”
The Sunday (Washington) Times
December 22, 1991
This historic newspaper makes the startling announcement of the end of the great Soviet Empire. Eleven former republics declare their independence from the great Russian Bear. The United States was expected to recognize the new Commonwealth within a matter of days as were most other nations. The front page contains a photograph of new leader Boris Yeltsin signing the official papers. Events like the war in Afghanistan (Russia’s “Vietnam”), the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl, rise of younger Communists, the strength of President Ronald Reagan, Soviet economic collapse, and the rise of Gorbachev, all led to the fall of the Soviet Empire.
This is the complete Sunday edition in virtually mint condition–you’ll think it was delivered this morning! Wonderful historic newspaper.
The Washington Times
November 8, 2000
Here is a simply great headline announcing the election of George W. Bush after the race in Florida was finally called….only to be disputed and fought-over for the next month both in recounts and in the courts. The paper announces: “PRESIDENT BUSH” and shows a front page color photograph of Gov. Bush and Laura Bush. The lead story begins, “George W. Bush, the son of the president who was vanquished by the Clinton-Gore team eight years ago, avenged his father early this morning by defeating Al Gore, creating only the second father-son presidential dynasty in history.” This historic issue also contains numerous headlines, photos, stories and maps detailing the entire 2000 election and return of a Republican to the Oval Office.
In addition, the front page carries the report that Hillary Clinton has been elected to the U.S. Senate from New York (“I’ve always been a Yankees fan.”).
This virtually mint condition issue contains the first two sections, lacking only advertisements and local news–it’s the way I received it. A must for a serious Presidential collection.
The New York Times
September 12, 2001
“U.S. ATTACKED” screams the famous Times headline to a shocked American populace. “HIJACKED JETS DESTROY TWIN TOWERS AND HIT PENTAGON IN DAY OF TERROR.” “President Vows to Exact Punishment for ‘Evil’” Here is the now famous New York Times issue announcing the terrorist attacks on America and including many of the most graphic photographs taken that day including a man tumbling from the Trade Center to his death to avoid the intense heat and flames that consumed the Twin Towers. The story says, in part, “The attacks seemed carefully coordinated. The hijacked planes were all en route to California, and therefore gorged with fuel, and their departures were spaced within and hour and 40 minutes.”
This highly sought-after newspaper is complete and in mint condition as issued. See the scans for just some of the photos, headlines and stories. I only have one issue at this point–they’ve become tough to locate of late.
PRIVATE CITIZENS MUST TURN IN THEIR GOLD
The New York Times
April 20, 1933
The Times half page triple-tiered headlines announce, “GOLD STANDARD DROPPED TEMPORARILY TO AID PRICES AND OUR WORLD POSITION; BILL READY FOR CONTROLLED INFLATION.” President Franklin D. Roosevelt nationalizes gold owned by private citizens and abrogates contracts in which payment was specified in gold. Currency could never again be exchanged for gold! (The Act of April 5, 1933, read in part: “Section 2. All persons are hereby required to deliver on or before May 1, 1933, to a Federal Reserve bank or a branch or agency thereof or to any member bank of the Federal Reserve System all gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates now owned by them or coming into their ownership on or before April 28, 1933…” with some exceptions such as gold used in industry, and that up to $100 face value in gold coins could be kept by collectors.) As a coin collector/dealer/appraiser myself, I found this section quite fascinating.
This most historic issue also contains a front page article on Hitler and Germany, fighting in China, and a good deal more historic reading. Of course, this is the complete 38-page newspaper with news, sports, movies and much more. It’s a hard one to keep in stock–I don’t know where my next will come from…or if there will be a next time! I’d frame it for a den or office as it does make a great conversation piece.