Good Thing in a Small Package

Good Thing in a Small Package

The Mite  (Martinsburg, Virginia [i.e. West Virginia]). Sept. 1849.

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Amateur newspapers before the advent of the table-top hobby press in the 1870s are fairly rare.  Pre-Civil War amateur newspapers are exceedingly rare.  Here is an unrecorded title printed in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia).  The title is appropriate because it newspaper is just 3 ½” x 5 ¼” and most of it set in 8 point type.  It is mostly filled with humorous bits such as “Lost! Lost!  Lost, Fifty Thousand Dollars, which we have been unable to accumulate within the last ten years.”

Adopted by Lee Harrer in honor of Mr. Gordon A. Pfeiffer

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