An Illustrated Amateur Newspaper

An Illustrated Amateur Newspaper

The Weekly Spy  (Franklin, New York).  1884.  Vol. 1, nos. 1-6.

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When the amateur newspaper craze started in the 1870s and 1880s the companies that sold the presses also sold the type, paper, ink and blocks of illustrations.  Few amateur newspapers had illustrations, but for those that did, stock illustrations were used.  This paper is unusual because  most of the illustrations were hand-cut by the editor.  In the first issue alone, six out of the seven illustrations were crudely hand-cut.

Adopted by Jo Radner

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