Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Collecting old and interesting newspapers has become a popular hobby. One frequent question is what value an old newspaper might have. The Connecticut State Library is unable to appraise a newspaper or recommend a dealer. However, here is some information on the topic.
The New York State Newspaper Project has information on "Newspaper Appraisers, Collectors and Dealers." In addition, dealer Phil Barber offers "Some Questions and Answers about Collecting Historic Newspapers."Reprints of Connecticut courant, Oct. 29, 1764
You can tell it's a reprint if the word "Thanksgiving" in the third paragraph from the end on the back page is spelled with a standard "s" rather than the old fashioned letter that looks like "f." Here's the full sentence, using the letter "f" where the old fashioned "s" appears in the reprint:
"We hear, that the General Affembly of this Colony, now conven'd at New Haven, have appointed the 15th of November, next, to be obferved as a Day of public Thanksgiving thro'out this Colony."
Reprints of Other Old Newspapers
Many newspapers celebrate their past by reprinting historic issues. The Library of Congress offers information on how to tell if your copy is genuine or a reprint at "Information Circulars (on Authenticating Old Newspapers)"