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August 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “The following BOOKS, many of them late publications.” During the week of August 15, 1771, William Bradford and Thomas Bradford had more content than would fit in the four...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 Aug 2021

February 21

What do newspaper advertisements published 250 years ago today tell us about the era of the American Revolution? “LIBERTY.  A POEM.” “RUN-AWAY … a Negro Boy named SAY.” Like every other newspaper printer in colonial...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 21 Feb 2021


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “LIBERTY.” “To be sold … A Healthy active young NEGRO MAN.” Liberty and enslavement were intertwined in the 1770s, a paradox that defines the founding...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 22 Nov 2020

March 4

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “MAREDAUNT’s DROPS, May be had at the Book Store.” The colophon on the final page of the Pennsylvania Journal stated that the newspapers was “Printed...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 4 Mar 2020

May 18

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? New-York Journal (May 18, 1769). “SUBSCRIPTIONS for the American General Magazine, or General Repository.” By the late 1760s, American booksellers had long imported...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 18 May 2019

February 16

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Pennsylvania Journal (February 16, 1769). “Their love of liberty … will induce them to give their assistance in supporting the interest of their country.” On...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 16 Feb 2019


What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? Pennsylvania Journal (November 17, 1768).“Will be presented, a Comedy called the JEALOUS WIFE.” Resorting to creative typography, the compositor for the Pennsylvania...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 20 Nov 2018

The Tombstone Edition: Pennsylvania Journal, October 31, 1765

One of the most famous and recognizable eighteenth-century newspapers is the October 31, 1765 issue of the Pennsylvania Journal, also known as the “tombstone edition.” With the hated Stamp Act set to take effect in the British North American...

Rhode Island’s First Major General

A few days back, I quoted Samuel Ward’s December 1774 letter describing how Rhode Island was putting itself on a footing for war by, among other things, appointing the first major-general in the colony’s history. That was not Nathanael Greene, who...
From: Boston 1775 on 20 Dec 2013

My Adventure Finding a Lost Newspaper

While curating the collection of American Revolution newspapers featured in Reporting the Revolutionary War, I stumbled upon a rare 18th century American newspaper loaded with mystery and intrigue. Most newspapers of the era are well documented and catalogued...

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