Discovered: A rare Revolutionary War-era newspaper

Nicholas C. Rossis

Dec. 28, 1774, edition of Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Source: NJPen

Fans of books and writing will be thrilled to learn of this rare find: a newspaper published on December 28, 1774, accidentally discovered in a New Jersey Goodwill facility! As The Washington Post reports, Mike Storms was walking among the crowded shelves of the New Jersey Goodwill facility where he works when something yellow and faded caught his eye. He paused and pulled from the thrift-store jumble a framed sheet of newsprint, dense columns of tiny text topped by a small engraving of a dismembered snake.

The Pennsylvania Journal and Weekly Advertiser, it read. The date? Dec. 28, 1774.

A Worthless Reproduction?

It had been sitting there for months, ignored or dismissed as a worthless reproduction.

It took Storms only a few minutes of searching “Unite or Die masthead” in Google to learn that such an edition of the paper, if genuine, could fetch upward of $18,000 on…

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