Rare Photo Billy The Kid Illustrated Police News June 1881 Newspaper Holy Grail
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Rare Photo Billy The Kid Illustrated Police News June 1881 Newspaper Holy Grail:
EXTREMELY RARE Original June 4, 1881 Illustrated Police News Newspaper!
ONLY KNOWN PICTURE OF BILLY THE KID!
THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF NEWSPAPER AND HISTORICAL OLD WEST COLLECTIONS....AN ACTUAL WOODCUT PHOTO OF BILLY THE KID WHILE HE WAS STILL ALIVE!
This was published after he escaped Lincoln County Jail along with a caption to report a $500 reward.
The options of obtaining an actual image of Billy the Kid from when he was still alive are either this publication or the million dollar photograph of the same image.
Amazing rare find. This is the only one of these that I have ever seen.
Superb article to accompany the illustrations. Great stuff!
Illustrated Police News newspapers from the 1800's are very rare...do an search and you will be lucky to find a few scattered issues(and none with noteworthy events).
Original uncut condition. Paper folds out to one large sheet!
Paper is in very strong rag condition. Condition is actually irrelevant on this rare piece, but for accuracy, has some folds/bends, a few spots of loss on margins, and some small edge tears.
newspapers are one of
the most fascinating collectibles in existence, and they are as close as
we can ever get to a time machine! The most exciting part of newspaper
collecting is that they were printed during the infancy of the United
States, and that they capture many famous events.
All of the landmark events in U.S. history are reported in original newspapers, such as the Stamp Act, 1770 Boston Massacre, 1773 Boston Tea Party, the Revolutionary War; 1775 battle of Lexington and Concord, Bunker Hill, 1776 Trenton, 1776 Declaration of Independence, 1781 Yorktown; as well as the 1787 Constitution, and the 1789 Bill of Rights. One can read about George Washington crossing the Delaware, or being elected the first president of the U.S. in a newspaper printed when it happened, and read by the people alive at the time it happened!
The Civil War, 1861 to 1865, and Abraham Lincoln were greatly covered by American newspapers, as well as outlaws like Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and Geronimo! Events from WWII, such as Pearl Harbor and the Death of Hitler, were reported in newspapers across America with big splashy headlines.
Libraries, and institutions such as Historical Societies, saved and preserved these papers so that they could survive to this day. They survive easily because they are made of a rag linen material which is extremely strong and durable. They will survive and remain strong and pliable for many more centuries to come.