Today I'm offering for sale Two 1898 Philadelphia Press Newspapers featuring "The Spanish American War" including June 30th and October 23rd.
On April 25th, 1898, the United States went to war against Spain to free the people of Cuba. The war lasted four months ending on August 12th, 1898. Listed below are two rare newspapers, their condition, and some of the stories found in each one:
1.) "The Philadelphia Press", 4am edition, dated Thursday Morning, June 30th, 1898, the third month into the war. The paper has 16 pages and cost a whole 2 cents. In this issue there are a number of stories about the war along with stories about Philadelphia and some great ads.
Here are some of the headlines: Spain in Fright Over Naval Attack---Can Take Santiago in Forty-Eight Hours---More Troops for Shafter---Spain's Third Fleet Weak---Troops Take Ship in Tampa---Merritt Departs for the Philippines---Pushing Demand for War Stamps---Signal Corps Volunteer.
*Condition: This paper is 127 years old and in wonderful condition for its age. There is normal yellowing due to its age and minor tears along the edges and small tears on the inside areas of some pages.
2.) "The Philadelphia Press", Sunday Morning, "Peace Jubilee Number", dated October 23rd, 1898. This is the second section of the paper with page numbers 17 through 28. The Peace Jubilee in Philadelphia was one of a number of celebrations across the country celebrating the ending of the four-month Spanish-American War to honor the troops and the countries great success. Also President McKinley came to honor and review the 25,000 troops that helped in freeing the people of Cuba.
This special edition on the Peace Jubilee is rare and much harder to find. On the front cover is a wonderful drawing showing Miss Jubilee extending a peace wreath in each hand to two Ladies of Liberty on each side of her. The picture was drawn by illustrator John Logn.
Here are some of the stories found inside: Philadelphia First Peace Jubilee---Gran Federal Procession---The Grave of the Man Who Planned our City of Peace---Secretary Wilson Talks of Wheat---The Troglodyte Wild and Barbaric African Africa's Peace People---Barbara Frietchie Lived and Begin with A Tragedy of War.
On the back cover is a special Peace Jubilee Puzzle that offers $50.00 in prizes if you can figure out the correct solution to the puzzle, good luck!.
The celebration lasted three days bringing tens of thousands together to honor our troops.
*Condition: This paper has the same type of issues as the first paper. The front page of this paper is not attached to the rest of the pages. Both papers Measure 18 3/4" x 23 1/2" much larger than the newspaper in 2016.
It always amazes me how well-written vintage newspapers are in capturing in both words and pictures what was happening in their home town and stories from all across our country. Editors from the turn of the century into the 1950's would be shocked to see how ill written the news of today is being reported to American's all around the country.
If you collect historic papers these will be a fantastic addition to your personal collection.
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