Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget (OR, 1845)

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Flumgudgeon Gazette & Bumble Bee Budget (OR, 1845)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Oregon City, Oregon Territory

Frequency:  Bi-weekly

Volume and Issue Data:  Summer, 1845; total of eight issues

Size and Format:  Ink on foolscap; single column; twelve copies of each issue; number eight contains 13 pages

Editor/Publisher:  “Curltail Coon,” aka Charles Pickett (1845)

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description & Notes:

The Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget was the first publication in the Oregon Territory and appeared during the meeting of the Legislative Committee in 1845.  The paper was subtitled, “A Newspaper of the Salmagundi Order, Devoted to Scratching and Stinging the Follies of the Times.”  According to Brier, Picket published eight issues of the paper and made about 12 copies of each number.  The paper was mainly a diatribe against the Legislative Committee of the Provisional Government of Oregon.  The paper consisted primarily of satire designed to sting the legislators.  Powell claims the paper “performed a useful service in pioneer Oregon by informing the settlers of the early activities of their government and by giving voice to opinions other than those of the legislators.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Warren J. Brier, “A History of Newspapers in the Pacific Northwest, 1846-1896,” unpublished Ph.D. thesis, University of Iowa, Feb. 1957, pp. 5-10, 105-107; Warren J. Brier, “The ‘Flumgudgeon Gazette and Bumble Bee Budget,'” Journalism Quarterly, 36 (Summer 1959), 317-320; Robert F. Karolevitz, Newspapering in the Old West:  A Pictorial History of Journalism and Printing on the Frontier (New York:  Bonanza Books, 1969), p. 131; Bob Karolevitz, “Pen and Ink Newspapers of the Old West,” Frontier Times, 44:2 (Feb.-March 1970), 31; Sidney Warren, Farthest Frontier:  The Pacific Northwest (New York:  Macmillan Co, 1949), 190-191; Lawrence Clark Powell, “Flumgudgeon Gazette in 1845 Antedated the Spectator,” Oregon Historical Quarterly, XLI:2 (June, 1940), 203-207; Lawrence Clark Powell, Philosopher Pickett (Berkeley:  University of California Press, 1942), 12; Frederic Hudson, Journalism in the United States, From 1690 to 1872 (New York:  Harper and Bros., 1873), 590

Locations:  Vol.1, No. 8, Aug. 20, 1845 only:  OreHiSoc-Portland; reproduction of Vol.1, No. 8, Aug. 20, 1845 in Karolevitz (1970), p. 31; Karolevitz (1969), p. 131.

The Flower (RI, 1836)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Smithfield, Rhode Island

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1836

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher: Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Newspapers and Periodicals,  American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, MA

The Flag (IL, 1856)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Batavia Institute, Illinois

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  ca. 1856

Size and Format:  21 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Unknown

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

None

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Manuscripts, Illinois State Historical Library, Old State Capitol, Springfield, IL

The Fire Fly (NF, 1892)

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The Fire Fly (NF, 1892)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada (1892)

Frequency:  Only one or two issues produced after the 1892 St.John’s fire destroyed printing press

Volume and Issue Data:  No. 1, July 11, 1892

Size and Format:  8.5 x 11 inches

Editor/Publisher:  M.A. Devine

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description & Notes

The Fire Fly was written as an emergency, interim publication following the fire 1892 in St. John’s.  The paper was handwritten because the printing press the editor normally used to publish his paper perished in the flames.  Editor Devine published information useful to fire survivors, such as locations of necessary goods and services, and reports on people, property and events during and following the fire.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  University of Toronto Library

The Family News (PA, 1902-1906)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: Haverford, Pennsylvania?

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  1902-1906

Size and Format:  352 pages

Editor/Publisher:  Christopher Morley (1890-1957)

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

Morley produced four other newspapers, all contained in the Morley Collection at Haverford.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  Haverford College, The Quaker Collection, Haverford, PA

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