“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.
August 25, 1664
This extremely rare newsbook (precursor to the first newspapers) contains a fascinating report from Holland on the progress of the Great Plague raging in England and on the European Continent. In part, “The States have made the best provision they can to hinder the further spreading and increase of the Plague, by appointing Orders to be observed upon strict penalties in all cases of Danger and Inconvenience, and likewise by advising with Physicians, and furnishing all Infected Towns with Antidotes….but this is all too little where God has decreed a Judgement upon a People….” and much more including a “Quarantaine” upon our goods and services…” as other nations stopped trade with “infected countries,” and even within the borders of a single nation. Several other news reports refer to the Plague as well. The rat-borne Plague decimated the population of Europe.
8 pp., in very fine condition printed on high quality rag paper. Pages have come loose from the spine (normal). Boldly printed and just a lovely newsbook. These publications have become nearly impossible to locate – a must for any serious early newspaper collection. See the scans!
March 22 to 29, 1660
Here is an extremely scarce early English newsbook printed at the end of the Commonwealth leading into the Restoration of Charles II and the English Monarchy. There is a short report stating that Charles Stuart was still in Holland (although he would shortly return to England after over a decade in exile and be crowned King Charles II following the Commonwealth Period under Oliver and Richard Cromwell.
The Diamond Frigate returned from Jamaica bringing letters from Governor Edward D’Oiley “….wherein he gives an Account of the healthfull thriving state and condition of our people in that Island, assuring that the English Interest would have been much more advanced in those parts of the World, had they not been prevented of the expected supplies, by reason of the successive alterations of the Supreame Power in England.”Reports from the West Indies (indeed, all of America) were scarce in early English news publications. This weekly issue also contains a strict notice concerning “….many Scandalous and False Pamphlets….which are daily published…” From now on all pamphlets must gain Royal Authority first!
16 pp., octavo and in very nice condition with huge white borders. Besides the above, there is news from France, Sweden and other nations in 1660. Newsbooks such as this one are becoming almost nonexistent. They are absolutely fascinating to hold in your hands and read over and over again! This one is no exception.
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.
The New York Times
December 25, 1944
This historic Times newspaper publishes the shocking news that Major Glenn Miller, who conducted one of the most successful dance bands in the Swing Era, was missing on a flight from England to Paris where he was heading to join his Army Air Force Orchestra. The page four headline sadly reads: “Major Glenn Miller Is Missing On Flight From England to Paris.” The story reads, in part, “His Air Force Band had been playing in Paris. No members of the band were with him on the plane. He last led his band in a broadcast Dec. 12. His band, scheduled to broadcast over BBC tomorrow at 7 P.M. in the ‘AEF Christmas Show,’ will be conducted by Sgt. Jerry Gray, deputy leader.”The article also contains a wonderful photograph of the beloved bandleader in his military uniform.
Miller, who had such enduring hits as “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “In The Mood,” “Tuxedo Junction,” and his theme, “Moonlight Serenade,” was a fine trombonist, arranger and bandleader who sold millions of records in the late 1930s and early 1940s. His orchestra also starred in two major motion pictures, and his music continues to live on in both older people who and today’s youth who have learned to swing dance.
This is the complete and original rag paper edition in virtually mint condition as printed on Christmas Day in 1944. See the scan for the huge Times triple-tiered WWII headlines on the Battle of the Bulge at the time the weather cleared enough for a huge Allied air counterattack on the surprise Nazi drive in the Ardennes Forrest in eastern Belgium and Luxembourg. Great war photos, too! I had a devil of a time finding this paper as I am a jazz saxophonist myself and grew up listening to Glenn Miller’s records of my parents. A fantastic opportunity!
August 23, 1927
Ferdinando Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were accused of the murders of Frederick Parmenter, a paymaster, and Alessandro Berardelli, a security guard during a robbery of $15,776.51 from the Slater-Morrill Shoe Company, on Pearl Street in South Braintree, Massachusetts during the afternoon of April 15, 1920. The two men were followers of major anarchists and became caught up in anti-Communist circles–some say the two were framed for political reasons. This historic newspaper has the complete details of the execution by electric chair, as well as the condemned men’s last words. Subheads read: “I AM INNOCENT! CRIES VANZETTI; FORGIVES FOES. ” “Long Live the Anarchy!’ Sacco Shouts as Cap is Adjusted.” “FAREWELL MY WIFE AND FRIENDS.”
Pages six and seven have extensive coverage of the trial and a concise history of the case against them–it’s quite fascinating to read. There are also photos of both men on page six.
This is the complete newspaper in good condition with usual browning and some chipping at the spine. It’s completely intact and certainly one of the only surviving issues of this famous event in American history. This is really a rare opportunity. My advice would be to read the paper first and then have it framed – it would make a great conversation piece.
The New York Times
Special Rotogravure Section
February 11, 1923
The incredible newly-uncovered treasures of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb are displayed for all America to see. This special photo section of the Times contains three huge photographs of the Pharoah’s fabulous treasure including one of two actual life-size statues of the minor Egyptian ruler. Among the tomb’s contents are the casket containing the King’s ceremonial robes, mummified food(!), gold animal statues, alabaster vases, and much more.
The tomb of King Tut had been recently discovered y the Earl of Carnarvon’s Party in the Valley of the Kings near the Ancient Thebes. It created quite a stir–exhibitions of these treasures still draw huge crowds worldwide. The discovery of the tomb’s contents certainly proved the adage, “You can’t take it with you!”
4 pp., in nice condition with corner tear pp. 3 & 4, but not affecting any of the Tut material. Extremely scarce, and a “treasure” in itself.
The New York Times
April 6, 1951
Julius Rosenberg, an electrical engineer, and his wife Ethel are given death sentences by Federal Judge Irving R. Kaufman for stealing the secret of the atomic bomb for the Soviet Union. Judge Kaufman described the crime as “worse than murder” and “a sordid, dirty business.”However, in a side head: “Political Hysteria Charged,” an attorney for the Rosenbergs stated, “I repeat that these defendants assert their innocence and will continue to assert it as long as they breathe….They believe that they are victims of political hysteria, and that their sentence was based upon extraneous political considerations having no legitimate or legal connection with the crime charged against them.”
The front page contains superb photographs of the convicted couple (see scans) under the title: “SPIES CONDEMNED TO DEATH.”The story is excellent and you’ll want to read this and the editorial again and again. There is alot more in this “loaded” issue including the latest Korean War news, a dispatch from General Douglas MacArthur, Israeli aircraft bombing a Syrian area in retaliation for Arab shooting of police.
This is the original and complete special rag paper edition sold for seventy-five cents by the Times, and produced in a tiny quantity (90-100 issues) for preservation purposes. Near mint condition throughout!