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While I find many of my old newspapers on eBay, I can also have a couple of reliable online resources who have great selections and reasonable prices. I have purchased from both of them and have been very pleased. If you're looking for historical newspapers, start right here!


Slander: Liberal Lies About the American Right
Enlightening and milk-out-your-nose funny, too!

Drudge Manifesto

  Arrogance: Rescuing America From the Media Elite
An eye-opener!

Important note: Some of the original editions and the one-of-a-kind books sell quickly, so if you want it, jump on it! You may never see one again!

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Alabama Illustrated Engravings from 19th Century Newspapers icon

The Milwaukee Journal an Informal Chronicle of Its First 100 Years

Original Bound Volume: The Illustrated News:1853
From the seller: "The Illustrated News from January 1 through December 24, 1853, profusely illustrated with full page and in-text black and white wood engravings, marbled endpapers, 416pp, index to drawings, 16 x 12 inches, marbled edges, half leather with decorative gilt-lettered spine (hardbound). Wear to cover extremities exposing tips of boards, spine is worn and rubbed with a few areas of 1/4 to 1/2 inch leather loss, front joint is split at upper edge and there is a small area of leather loss at the ends of the joints, interior hinges have been reinforced, but in general the interior is in very good tight condition with occasional light soiling and faint scattered foxing. A particularly fascinating volume, being volumes I and II of the Illustrated News, which merged in November 1853 with Gleason's Pictorial. The November 26, 1853, issue contains a Publisher's Notice under the masthead notifying readers that the "Illustrated News" had merged with "Gleason's Pictorial" of Boston, who, in an interesting sidenote, list P. T. Barnum as a Special Partner. Hence the remaining issues in the bound volume are "Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion". This is full of fascinating wood engravings depicting many aspects of American life of the time and international events, including two gorgeous double page illustration "Bird's Eye View of the Crystal Palace, At New York" and "Inauguration Ceremonies of the Crystal Palace - View Under the Grand Dome", plus an interesting map: Japan with the Neighbouring and Allied States according to an Original Japanese Map. Other unusual views include: Present State of the Capitol at Washington (showing the Capitol still under construction), Bird's Eye View of Washington from the Capitol, Bird's-Eye View of the Crystal Park, at New York (with extensive article). The quality of the wood engravings is mixed, with many of the rather coarse work typical of the early American illustrated newspapers, but also including some particularly fine pieces signed in the image as having been engraved by Frank Leslie (an alias for Henry Carter who had engraved for The Illustrated London News and went on to found his own illustrated newspaper in 1855). The volume has a title page for the half year January to June, but lacks a title page for the July to December period (possibly never printed). Altogether a particularly interesting volume from the early days of American illustrated newspapers."

Original Bound Volume: Deseret News, Volume XI: 1861
From the seller: "Contemporary 3/4 leather over pebbled boards with gilt bands and title on backstrip. Extremities rubbed. Corners rubbed through. Internally clean. Complete in 53 issues. The Deseret News is Utah's oldest continually published newspaper. Early issues like these are a window to the past, and are a lasting record of the early settlement of the Salt Lake Valley and surrounding areas. These issues cover the struggles as well as the mundane routine of the Mormon settlers." A paper that is worth printing is worth preserving; if worth preserving, it is worth binding; for this purpose we issue in pamphlet form; and if every subscriber shall preserve each copy of the 'News' and bind it at the close of the volume, their children's children may read the doings of their fathers, which otherwise might have been forgotten; ages to come."

History of the National Amateur Press Association

5200 Thursdays in the Wallowas: A Centennial History of The Wallowa County Chieftain icon

The Tyranny of Printers: Newspaper Politics in the Early American Republic

Search for an old issue of The Agricultural Gazette Of New South Wales.

Original 1837-1838 Newspapers: El Liberal: Bound Volume of Newspapers From Caracas, Venezuela; 1837-1838 icon

A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers, Vol. I: Philadelphia County

A Checklist of Pennsylvania Newspapers Available In and For the Counties of Columbia, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill & Sullivan

Original 1850 Newspapers: The Times of London: Bound Volume, Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 1850 icon

Newspapers and Periodicals by and about Black People: Southeastern Library Holdings icon

An Index to North Carolina Newspapers, 1784-1789 icon

The Woodville Republican: Mississippi's Oldest Existing Newspaper, Vols. 1-5 CD

American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1971-1985 icon

American Indian and Alaska Native Newspapers and Periodicals, 1826-1924 icon

Native American Periodicals and Newspapers, 1828-1982: Bibliography, Publishing Record, and Holdings

Comstock Commotion: The Story of The Territorial Enterprise and Virginia City News

The Eagle and Brooklyn: A Community Newspaper, 1841-1955

Alabama (Early American Printers)

Newspaper Indexes: A Location and Subject Guide for Researchers icon

New York Extra: A Newspaper History of the Greatest City in the World from 1671 to the 1939 World's Fair icon

Original 1826 Newspaper: New Harmony & Nashoba Gazette, a Newspaper Edited by Robert Dale Owens and Frances Wright, founder of Nashoba, the slave emancipation community near Memphis, Tennessee.

The Golden Gazette: News From the Newspapers of 1848-1857: Hundreds of Events Reported From the Exciting Years Following the Great California Discovery of Gold

Annotated Catalogue of Newspaper Files in the Library of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin icon

Mississippiana: Union List of Newspapers icon

The Sun Papers of Baltimore: 1837-1937

Historic Pages From the Baltimore Sun, 1837-1983

Search for an original issue of The Newark Daily Advertiser. icon

A History and Bibliography of Spanish-Language Newspapers and Magazines in Louisiana 1808-1949

It is Begun! The Pantagraph Reports: The Civil War icon

The History of World War II as Told in the Headlines, Maps & Cartoons From the St. Joseph News-Press, St. Joseph Gazette, St. Joseph, Missouri

The History of the Irish Newspaper: 1685-1760 icon

The Newspaper Book: A History of Newspapers in Ireland

Chronological Tables of American Newspapers, 1690-1820; Being a Tabular Guide to Holdings of Newspapers Published in America Through the Year 1820

One Hundred Years of the Commercial Appeal... the Greatest Romance in American Journalism 1840-1940 icon

The Memphis Commercial Appeal: the History of a Southern Newspaper

A Century of Journalism: The Sydney Morning Herald and its Record of Australian Life, 1831-1931

Remington Brothers' Newspaper Manual... A Catalogue of the Newspapers of United States and Canada... icon
Years range from 1892-1900.

The Pulpit, Press and Literature of the Revolution (Massachusetts-American Revolution) icon

History of Kansas Newspapers icon

The Pioneer Press of Kentucky, From the Printing of the First Paper West of the Alleghenies, August 11, 1787, to the Establishment of the Daily Press in 1830

The Lee Papers: A Saga of Midwestern Journalism icon

A Bibliography of Newspapers in Fourteen New York Counties: Allegany, Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Otsego, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, Yates icon

Our Local Press: A Short Historical Account of the Newspapers of Walthamstow icon

Darlington Newspapers

A Newspaper History of Australia

Sherman's Other War: The General and the Civil War Press icon

The South and Its Newspapers, 1903-1953: The Story of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and Its Part in the South's Economic Rebirth... icon

The Manchester Union Leader in New Hampshire Elections icon

West Virginia Verse of Today: An Anthology of Newspaper and Magazine Verse

Virginia Newspapers 1821-1935, a Bibliography with Historical Introduction and Notes icon

One Hundred Years in Philadelphia, 1847-1947: The Evening Bulletin's Anniversary Yearbook icon

Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, 1894-1923 icon

Pittsburgh's Post-Gazette: The First Newspaper West of the Alleghenies

Percy GREENE and the Jackson Advocate: The Life and Times of a Radical Conservative Black Newspaperman, 1897-1977 icon

The Black Press in Mississippi, 1865-1985

A History of the National Intelligencer icon

The Raleigh Register 1799-1863 icon

Tar Heel Editor icon

Epitaph for an Editor: A Century of Journalism in Hinsdale and Gunnison Counties, 1875-1975 icon

Voice of Empire: A Centennial Sketch of the Denver Post icon

The First Hundred Years; an Informal History of Denver and the Rocky Mountain News icon

Boom Town Newspapers: Journalism on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier 1859-1881 icon

Fourth Estate Contributions Towards a History of Newspapers & of the Liberty of the Press icon

Ink on My Hands
(1940) Memoir of Clayton RAND, Editor of Neshoba Democrat in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Newark Daily Advertiser (7 December 1849) icon

The North-China Herald & Supreme Court & Consular Gazette icon

A Check List of Imprints of the German Press of Northampton County, Pennsylvania: 1766-1905

Vintage L'Illustration icon (Paris)

Australian Pictorial Weekly. an Illustrated Newspaper. (in Facsimile) icon

The California Publisher: Vol. XXVIII No. S 1-12 icon

Der Lutheraner 1851-1854 icon

The Cultivator, a Monthly Journal, Devoted to Agriculture, Horticulture, Floriculture, and to Domestic and Rural Economy icon

The Graphic Vol.10 1874 July-Dec and Jan-Mar 1875 icon

The History of Printing in America: With a Biography of Printers & an Account of Newspapers icon

The Examiner 1837 icon

Special Australian Supplement to the Illustrated London News icon

Stanley's Despatches to the New York Herald, 1871-1872, 1874-1877 icon

Custer Despatches (The 1876 Sioux War): The Words of the New York Herald Correspondents in the Little Big Horn Campaign of 1876 icon

The James Gordon Bennetts: Father & Son, Proprietors of the New York Herald icon

James Gordon Bennett and the New York Herald: A Study of Editorial Opinion in the Civil War Era 1854-1867 icon

Bennett's New York Herald and the Rise of the Popular Press icon

Japan Advertiser (Tokyo) 1922-1940, Bound in 82 Volumes icon

Le Courrier Des Etats-Unis, Organe Des Populations Franco-Americaines. Ch. Lassalle, Proprietaire-Editeur. Edition Hebdomadaire. Vol. XX-Samedi 3 Aout [1861]-No. 5; Through Vol. XXIX-Samedi 23 Juin 1866-No. 25. (10 Volumes). icon

Original New York Herald: Bound Volume of 120 Issues From 1 January 1862 - 30 April 1862, With Much War Reportage icon

Spirit of the Times icon

New York Times, October 1-15, 1929 (Complete in Bound Volume). icon

The Yankee Blade icon

New York Semi Weekly Tribune for 1859 Complete (December 7, 1858-December 30, 1859) icon

Sold! The Morning Post. Bound Volume of Newspapers (All With Red Revenue Stamps) icon

The Illustrated London News icon

London Times July to Dec. 1871 icon

Australian Pictorial Weekly. an Illustrated Newspaper. (in Facsimile) icon

California Mining Town Newspapers, 1850-1880 icon

"I Sez to Ezra Sez I-" icon

The Southern Literary Messenger, 1834-1864 icon

Virginia Imprint Series; Preliminary Checklist for Petersburg 1786-1876 icon

Virginia Imprint Series Number 4. Preliminary Checklist for Fredericksburg icon

Bibliography of New Orleans Imprints: 1764-1864 icon

The Correspondents' War: Journalism in the Spanish-American War icon

The Other Half of Old New Orleans: Sketches of Characters and Incidents From the Recorder's Court of New Orleans in the Eighteen Forties as Reported in the "Picayune" icon

Personal Memoirs & Recollections of Editorial Life icon
(1852) by James Tinker Buckingham

Crime Extra: 300 Years of Crime in North America

The Recollections of a Virginia Newspaper Man icon

The Moving Appeal: Mr. McClanahan, Mrs. Dill, and the Civil War's Great Newspaper Run icon

Service Newspapers of the Second World War icon

The Indian Scout: Newspaper Published for the Kickapoo, Shawnee and Patowatomie Indians of Oklahoma and Their Friends and Neighbors. Vols. I Through IV, Bound in One Volume icon

Newspaper Reporting in Olden Times and To-Day

The Newspaper Press of Charleston, S. C. a Chronological and Biographical History, Embracing a Period of 140 Years icon

Diary of the American Revolution From Newspaper and Original Documents icon

"I will try to send you all the particulars of the fight:" Maps and Letters from New York State's Civil War Newspapers, 1861-1863 icon

Untapped Sources: America's Newspaper Archives and Histories

Local Newspapers, 1750-1920 in England and Wales, Channel Islands, Isle of Man

Nevada Printing History: A Bibliography of Imprints & Publications, 1858-1880 icon

The Newspapers of Nevada: A History and Bibliography, 1854-1979 icon

Nevada Newspaper Days: A History of Journalism in the Silver State icon

Newspapers in Microform: Foreign Countries, 1948-1983 icon

Oklahoma Imprints 1835-1907. a History of Printing in Oklahoma Before Statehood icon

Matters and Things in General: Being a Desultory of Miscellaneous Wisdom Gleaned From Newspapers Published in Arkansas During Its Territorial Years, and Containing All Manner of Guides to Conduct, Long-Lost Recipes and Practical Hints for Young and Old icon

Search for an Original Issue of  Guinea Gold, icon
Official newspaper of the Australia Military Forces.

Yesterday's News: History of the Newspaper Press in New South Wales From 1920 to 1945 icon

I Watched a Wild Hog Eat My Baby: A Colorful History of Tabloids and Their Cultural Impact

A List of Newspapers in the Virginia State Library, Confederate Museum and Valentine Museum icon

Salt Water & Printer's Ink: Norfolk and Its Newspapers, 1865-1965 icon

Colonial American Newspapers: Character and Content icon

Older Than the Nation: the Story of the Hartford Courant icon 

The Paper: The Life and Death of the New York Herald Tribune icon

Civil War Front Pages: a Collection of 157 Front Pages From the North and South icon

El Liberal Bound Volume of Newspapers From Caracas Venezuela. 1837-38 icon

Truth, N. Z. , Jan. 3 to June 1945 icon Bound volume of this Auckland, New Zealand newspaper.

A History of Tennessee Newspapers icon

Rhode Island Imprints a List of Books, Pamphlets, Newspapers and Broadsides Printed at Newport, Providence, Warren Rhode Island Between 1727 and 1800 icon

British Newspapers-a History and Guide for Collectors icon 

The Story of an Independent Newspaper icon
(1924) The Springfield Republican

...and The Passing of the "Springfield Republican". With a Foreword By George Rogers Taylor icon

Newspaper Story: Fifty Years of the Oregon Journal, 1902-1952 icon

A History of California Newspapers, 1846-1858 icon

Texas Extra; A Newspaper History of the Lone Star State, 1836-1936

After-Noon Story, a Century of the New Orleans States-Item icon

Pistols and Pointed Pens: The Dueling Editors of Old Virginia icon

One Hundred Great Years the Story of the Times-Picayune From Its Founding to 1940 icon

News Over the Wires: The Telegraph and the Flow of Public Information in America, 1844-1897 icon

The History Makers: the Press of Europe From Its Beginnings Through 1965 icon 

The Changing Newspaper; Typographic Trends in Britain and America 1622-1972 icon

Editors Make War: Southern Newspapers in the Secession Crisis icon

Company of Heralds: A Century and a Half of Australian Publishing by John Fairfax Limited and Its Predecessors, 1831-1981 icon

Newspapering in the Old West; a pictorial history of journalism and printing on the frontier icon

The History of Printing in America: With a Biography of Printers & an Account of Newspapers icon

A Century of Montana Journalism icon

Anthology of Newspaper Verse for 1920 icon

Songs of the Press, and Other Poems Relative to the Art of Printers and Printing; Also of Authors, Books, Booksellers, Bookbinders, Editors, Critics, Newspapers, Etc. Original and Selected, With Notes, Biographical and Literary icon
(original 1845 edition)

Early Australian Poetry: an Annotated Bibliography of Original Poems Published in Australian Newspapers... icon

Newspaper Poets: Or Waifs and Their Authors icon

Index to Poetry in Periodicals. American Poetic Renaissance 1915-1919. an Index of Poets and Poems Published in American Magazines and Newspapers icon

Anthology of Newspaper Verse for 1927 and Year Book of Newspaper Poetry icon

A Chronological Index of Locally Written Verse Published in the Newspapers and Magazines of Upper and Lower Canada... Through 1815 icon

The Humbler Poets: a Collection of Newspaper & Periodical Verse, 1870-1885 icon

The Humbler Poets (second series); a Collection of Newspaper and Periodical Verse 1885 to 1910 icon

Civil War Newspaper Maps: an Historical Atlas icon

Bohemian Brigade: Civil War Newsmen in Action

Partisans of the Southern Press: Editorial Spokesmen of the Nineteenth Century

Life in Amana: Reporters' Views of the Communal Way, 1867-1935

When Giants Ruled: The Story of Park Row, New York's Great Newspaper Street (Communications and Media Studies, No. 2)

Another New Year: Nineteenth-Century American Newspaper Carriers' Addresses from the Berg Collection of English and American Literature

Twentieth Century American Newspapers

My Passage at the New Orleans Tribune: A Memoir of the Civil War Era

History of the Arkansas Press for a Hundred Years

Home Town News: William Allen White and the Emporia Gazette

Story of the Pall Mall Gazette:

The Christian Recorder, Newspaper of the African Methodist Episcopal Church: History of a Forum for Ideas, 1854-1902

One Hundred Years of Famous Pages From the New York Times: 1851-1951 icon

Kendall of the "Picayune:" Being His Adventures in New Orleans, on the Texan Santa Fe Expedition, in the Mexican War, and in the Colonization... icon

Lone Stars and State Gazettes, Texas Newspapers Before the Civil War icon

Hispanic Periodicals in the United States, Origins to 1960: A Brief History and Comprehensive Bibliography
"By all accounts, the most important document for studying history, literature, and culture of Hispanics in the United States has been Spanish-language newspapers. Now, a noted cultural historian an a respected indexer-bibliographer have teamed up to provide the first comprehensive and authoritative source on the production, worldview, and distribution of these periodicals. This useful compendium includes richly annotated entries, notes, and three indexes: by subject, by date, and by geography. The bibliography includes some 1,700 entries in standard bibliographic annotation."

Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers

The Insiders Guide to Old Books, Magazines, Newspapers and Trade Catalogs

Obituaries in American Culture

The Metropolitan Daily News: Understanding American Newspapers

The Public Prints: The Newspaper in Anglo-American Culture, 1665-1740

So All Is Not Lost: The Poetics of Print in Nuevomxicano Communities, 1834-1958

Speaking for Themselves: Neomexicano Cultural Identity and the Spanish-Language Press, 1880-1920

The Baltimore Afro-American  

Wit & Wisdom of Missouri's Country Editors

American Aurora: A Democratic-Republican Returns: The Suppressed History of Our Nation's Beginnings and the Heroic Newspaper That Tried to Report It

Local News: Tabloid Pictures from the Los Angeles Herald Express 1928 to 1959

A Glimpse of News Past icon
"In her attic Rita Frost Lynch found rare, intact copies of the Courier, Murfreesboro's first newspaper, from the years 1830-1832.
Stories, business notices, advertisements, and news items offer rare insight into not only Rutherford County in the early 1830s, but also the world. Articles vary from an entertaining account of a young sleep walker to an involved discussion of the present disturbances in Europe. Ads and essays give a firsthand look at the social culture of the age with classifieds reporting runaway slaves and letters reminding women of their secondary status.

The Commerce of Everyday Life: Selections from the Tatler and the Spectator

Communities of Journalism: A History of American Newspapers and Their Readers

Moments: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs: A Visual Chronicle of Our Time

Baseball Extra: A Newspaper History of the Glorious Game from Its Beginnings to the Present

Pearl Harbor Extra: A Newspaper Account of the United States' Entry into World War II

Blue and Gray in Black and White: Newspapers in the Civil War icon

Civil War Extra: A Newspaper History Of The Civil War From Nat Turner to 1863 ( Volume I) & 1863 to 1865 ( Volume II) icon

World War II Extra: An Around-The World Newspaper History from the Treaty of Versailles to the Nuremberg Trials

Red Blood and Black Ink: Journalism in the Old West

Daily News, Eternal Stories

News Values: Ideas for an Information Age In this thoughtful, discursive book, Jack Fuller, the Pulitzer Prize-winning publisher of the Chicago Tribune, explores how the press ended up in the bind it now finds itself: the messenger everyone loves to hate. He points out that the whole idea of news that's actually true is itself new; newspaper used to be mainly propaganda sheets. But that development has led news professionals into messy problems. Such as: What does it mean when prominent newsmen such as Mike Wallace say they'd let U.S. troops get ambushed rather than break their so-called "neutral observer" status?* Fuller provides seasoned guidance through these modern thickets.

Dispatches from the Front: A History of the American War Correspondent

The German-American Radical Press: The Shaping of a Left Political Culture, 1850-1940

Black Newspapers and America's War for Democracy, 1914-1920

The African American Press: A History of News Coverage During National Crises, With Special Reference to Four Black Newspapers, 1827-1965

The Day Paper: The Story of One of America's Last Independent Newspapers

Maps With the News: The Development of American Journalistic Cartography

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* One wonders.... would Mike Wallace then, in turn, expect our military to lay down their lives to protect him?

Of course, he won't ever have to ask that question. Our armed forces bravely risk and give their lives for us, and for our freedom.

Even for such "neutral observers."


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