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1865 New York Herald

From: Georgeann 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 8:52 AM
Subject: old newspaper

 Hi Phaed, I just found your site and have not been able 
to walk away.  What a great site.  I have a question about 
an old newspaper.  It was published the day Lincoln was assassinated.  
I would like to know what it is worth and also what is the best way 
to preserve it.  Please respond to my home email address:    
Thank you for any and all help.  Georgeann

Hello Georgeann,

Well, you gotta give me more than that... What's the name of the newspaper? Does it have an article about Lincoln's assassination, or was it just published that day? A headline? Are you sure it's the real thing and not a facsimile of a real newspaper? Can you establish a line of provenance? (Trace it's possession from it's original owner to you.)


----- Original Message ----- 
From: Georgeann 
To: Phaedrus 
Sent: Thursday, November 04, 2004 8:12 PM
Subject: Re: old newspaper

 Well let's see, I can give you the information from the paper.  
 It is very fragile and I don't like to handle it much.  

      Name of paper--New York Herald  price ---Four cents
      Date---Saturday April 15, 1865
      Whole No. 10,456
      It is like a side headline in big letters   
      President Lincoln

  And then it goes on all about the assassination. The whole 
  front page is about the assassination.  
   My  husband's father (95 years old and still living) gave 
it to us.  He did not tell us much about it.  I have no doubt 
that it is authentic.  It is a very interesting read.  I just 
don't know what I should do with it.  Thank you for getting 
back to me so quickly.  Georgeann

Hi Georgeann,

First, storing old newspapers for maximum life span requires three things: cool, dry, and dark.

To store a whole newspaper, place each section flat between sheets of acid-free paper (available at stationery, office supply and arts-and-crafts stores) in a cardboard box. Research and testing over several years indicates that keeping papers in a dark room at 55°F and between 30 percent and 50 percent relative humidity protects them best. Keep them in a cool, dry closet or cupboard -- not in a basement or attic, where dampness or extreme temperatures can damage the paper. Watch out for possible insect infestation.

You may not be able duplicate this temperature and humidity exactly, but the closer, the better.

Georgeann, there were reproductions of this special issue of the New York Herald created as long ago as the 1880s. That's why, when evaluating your copy, it will at some point be necessary for you to have someone determine whether it is an authentic 1865 printed copy, or a reproduction printed later. Of course that can make a huge difference in the value.

I found three copies of this item for sale on E-Bay. One is a guaranteed authentic copy, valued at $400 to $600. Another is an H.M Barnet reproduction from the 1880s which is valued at $150 to $200. The third claims to be an original, but it is valued low - $75 to $125 - so it may be a reproduction as well. Note that in the photos, the two copies that claim to be originals have Lincoln's picture, while the picture is missing in the reproduction. However, even if that's important, it may only apply to the Barnet reproductions. Other reproductions may have the picture.

You can view these at these links:

E-Bay 1 $75 to $125

E-Bay 2 Original Est $400 to $600

E-Bay 3 H.M. Barnet Reproduction from 1880s $150 to $200


Sangster's Rum Cream

From: "Larry" 
To: phaedrus
Subject: Sangster's Rum Cream
Date: Monday, November 01, 2004 4:02 PM
Hiya Phad.  

Happened to notice in your archives dated 9/27/04, someone
looking for Sangster’s Rum Cream.  My wife and I also love the stuff and
always bring some back from Jamaica.  In the meantime, here is a copy
cat recipe.
1 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk.  1 cup Dark Rum.  1 Cup Heavy
Cream.  2 Tbsp Chocolate Syrup.  4 Tsp instant coffee.  1/2 tsp ground
cinnamon.  1/2 tsp vanilla extract.  1/4 tsp coconut extract.
Combine all ingredients in a blender and whirl at high speed for a few
minutes until blended and smooth.  Serve over ice immediately or store
in tightly covered container in refrigerator for up to two weeks.  Stir
before serving.
Hope you can pass this on to whoever was looking for the recipe.  
Thanks again for a great site.

German Clear Toy Candy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Denise
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 10:50 PM
Subject: German Clear Toy Candy

> Hi
>  I came across your site while surfing for 2 of my
> favorite candies that I really enjoyed as a child.
> Seeing how I could only find one (french creams) I
> thought I write to you to see if you know where I
> might find the other one...German Clear Toy Candies.
> I remember my Mom would buy them around Christmas &
> they'd be in different holiday shapes & even had
> different flavors.  I still see them occassionally but
> they don't seem to be the same.  They just seem to be
> hard sugar candy...not the flavored ones.  Do you know
> where I can find clear toy candy that has different
> flavors.  I've already checked out the Lizits or
> something like that...they are located in the Pa Dutch
> area.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks
> Denise

Hello Denise,

Try these places:

Clear Toy Candies
53 Welliver Road, Danville, PA 17821
Old-fashioned original flavor clear toy candy using antique and modern 

Dorothy Timberlake Candies Faith Timberlake-Alves 2351 Eaton Road Madison, NH 03849-6201 Phone: 603-447-2221 Fax: 603-447-2221 Web Site: Manufacturer of handmade old-fashioned barley candy lollipops, clear toy candies, and candy centerpieces for all occasions.


Snappy Tom

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bob 
  To: phaedrus
  Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2004 9:08 PM
  Subject: Snappy Tom Tomato Juice Coctail Juice

  Hello Dave,
  Have been trying to locate some "Snappy Tom Tomato Juice Cocktail" 
  Juice.  A while back, it was in all the local Stores, but it seems 
  to have disappeared.  Any Idea where I could Purchase it?????

Hello Bob,

Best I can tell, Del Monte has discontinued Snappy Tom. They don't list it on their website anymore, and none of the online grocers has it. Sorry. There is a "Spicy V8". You might try that. Or try adding Tabasco to regular tomato juice to taste.


Lipstick Candy

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Denise
To: phaedrus
Sent: Sunday, October 31, 2004 10:57 PM
Subject: Lipstick Candy

> Hi
>  Me again.  I just wrote to you about Clear toy
> candies.  Do you know where I could find the ole time
> lipstick candy?  I don't mean that junk they sell now
> that is either taffy or sweet tarts.  I mean the kind
> that use to be creamy & had like a cherry or grape
> flavor to them.  I remember them as a kid.  I am 45
> years old so I'm talking about 35-40 years ago. I was
> really upset when I thought I had found them only to
> find it was taffy or sweet or sour tarts.
> Thanks again
> Denise

Hello Denise,

Well, I don't know anything about candy lipsticks, but there are websites that specialize in nostalgic candy. Both of these sites have candy lipstick for sale. See:


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