Friday, January 20, 2012


Here is an item you do not see very often. This a newspaper that is original and is over 146 years old. This edition was printed three months after President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. The pictures are artist renderings since the camera was not widely used yet. The reading of this print is interesting as the way they spoke was a bit different from the way we communicate now. Their humor was also unique in its own way as it was mildly amusing. No George Carlson or Richard Prior back then. ( Example: When can a donkey be spelt with one letter? When it's U. Nothing personal meant.) One page even shows Paris Fashions for July. The only skin you can see are the faces and hands. The last pages are reserved for advertising. Examples :( Derby's Sure Cure For Piles), (Beautiful False Mustaches 50 cents and $1 per pair. Sent Free) ( Whisker and Mustache Potion to make it grow in 3 to 5 weeks on the smoothest face) ( Gold Rings $3 to $25 Each) (European Pocket Timekeeper $1)( Harpers Weekly Newspaper subscription for one year $4) (Paper Collars) (Old Eyes Made New , without spectacles, doctors or medicine, pamphlet mailed free upon receipt of 10 cents) Very interesting articles and scams as you can see. This was a period of time when the country was still in turmoil after the Civil war. It would take a long time before the country came to be what it is today.

Trivia:  Minimum wage in 1950?   75 cents an hour

Did You Know?  Trinidad's paradoxil frog starts as a foot-long tadpole and grows into an inch long frog.

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