Calling all Newsies: NY Paps for Adoption Here!

Don’t let the name fool you — Adopt-a-Book is for newsies too. AAS’s fifth annual Adopt-A-Book event is coming up this Tuesday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Browse the 2012 Adopt-A-Book Catalog to view the 150 items up for adoption.  Here are a few highlights of New York newspapers still available for adoption. image of item

141. ALL THE NEWS THAT’S FIT TO ADOPT
Adopt me for $600

New York Illustrated News (NY) Nov. 1859-May 1860. Vol. 1.

This paper came out two years after the establishment of Harper’s Weekly (NY). While it had similar quality of illustrations, the writing was not as refined. Still it lasted until the beginning of 1864. Until AAS acquired this volume, it just has a few scattered issues from the first year.

~Vincent Golden, curator of newspapers

147. A MAJOR STORY PAPER
Adopt me for $500

Street and Smith’s New York Weekly (NY) 1876. 21
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One popular genre of the nineteenth century was the story paper. Often weekly, they would have a variety of stories, some illustrated with woodcuts. Some were very short and complete to the issue. Others ran for several issues with one or two chapters published each issue. Street and Smith’s New York Weekly was one of the more prominent cheap ones boasting a circulation of over 350,000 subscribers at one point. The stories were quite varied but tales of the West were becoming quite popular.

~Vincent Golden, curator of newspapers

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