|Presented for sale by Phil Barber, Cambridge, Mass. 02139 Telephone (617) 492-4653|
Illustrated papers have become a feature. Every newspaper stand is covered with them. Every railroad train is filled with them. They are "object-teaching" to the multitude. They make the battlefields, the coronations, the corruptions of politicians, the balls, the race course, the yacht race, the naval and military heroes...familiar to everyone. They are, in brief, the art gallery of the world. Single admission, ten cents. -Frederick Hudson, Journalism in the United States, 1873
I am pleased to present a selection of issues of this highly popular and very collectible genre of American journalism. These wonderful old papers offer the modern collector a treasury of high quality engraved pictures of the people, places, and events in the news of times gone by, composed by contemporary eyewitnesses. On their pages is preserved an illustrated history of the American experience, recorded as it was happening, a unique and today highly collectible heritage. There are also feature articles and editorials, all of which bring the past to life in a vivid way that no other medium can duplicate.
The first true news pictorial weekly newspapers did not appear in America until 1851. They were made possible by rapid advances in news gathering which resulted in an unprecedented demand for "the latest". The only method of illustration available at this time was woodcut engraving, that is, blocks of wood hand-engraved and then made into stereotype plates to be used in the giant rotary presses also newly emerged at this ti8me. Although a practical means for reproducing photographs in newspapers would not exist until the late 1890;s, many of the illustrations are based on daguerreotype, tintypes, and later albumen prints, interpreted by artisans who modeled their woodblocks on these originals.
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Click on the graphics below to go to the catalogs of the titles shown. Each catalog is devoted entirely to that paper and features a good selection of dates with a vast amount of illustration. Other titles of the pictorial newspaper genre may also be found in our General Americana and British Catalogs.
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