Good Thing in a Small Package
The Mite (Martinsburg, Virginia [i.e. West Virginia]). Sept. 1849.
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.”