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Original or Reprint? A Guide to Noteworthy Newspaper Issues

Baltimore Sun

May 17, 1837

The Wednesday, May 17,1837 issue of the Sun (Baltimore, Maryland) is the first issue, "Volume 1, No. 1," of the newspaper. It was published by A.S. Abell & Co. The Library of Congress is frequently consulted about copies of this issue, which prove to be reprints. Reprints have little monetary value.

The original and the reprints are readily distinguished from each other by the paragraphs at the bottom of the second and third columns on the first page. In the original, they are as follows:

  • The last paragraph in the second column begins "The Public Hotels in New York..."
  • The last paragraph in the third column begins "The Mayor of New York..."

In the reprints, these two paragraphs are both in the third column, and "The Public Hotels in New York" is at the bottom. The last paragraph in the second column begins, "It is thought that the Proclamation of the President..." One of the reprints also bears the word "Facsimile," but they are usually without this label.

Source: Information Circular 16 (Revised 1957).

Library Holdings

The Library of Congress does not have an original print issue or reprint from May 17, 1837.