Rattlesnake Blizzard (OR, 1885)

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Rattlesnake Blizzard (OR, 1885)

Publication History:

Place of Publication: Pleasant Hill, Oregon

Frequency:  One issue

Volume and Issue Data: Tuesday, Dec. 30, 1885

Size and Format:  Ledger sheets, 13 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Anonymous (Pleasant Hill Literary Society?)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Succeeded by the Pleasant Hill Popgun (See Pleasant Hill Popgun)

General Description and Notes:

A handwritten newspaper on old ledger sheets, Dec. 30, 1885; succeeded by the Pleasant Hill Popgun, Dec. 13, 1901, in the same ledger.  Edited anonymously.  Contains brief news items, jokes and anecdotes.

The opening story-editorial states:

 “From the ranks of this society your humble servants have been given the unpleasant and difficult task of editing this paper which we shall call the Rattlesnake Blizzard.

“As this office was forced upon the editors and items are hard to get, and when obtained it takes all the constructive power, and a little more than the writer has, to put them together, the members need not be astonished at the end of this term to see two shattered invalids, or raving maniacs roaming about the country in wild despair [sic], seeking lost health and long forgotten happiness.  Of course those whose sterling worth, honesty, mental and other qualities exceeds those of others are called upon to fill the honorable, now paying position of editors . . . .”

The paper contains sections labeled “Conundrums,” “Stuff & Nonsense,” and “Advertisements.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Martin SchmidtCatalogues and Manuscripts, University of Oregon Library,  Special Collections, Vol. I, 1971, item 888.

Locations:  Special Collections, Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

The Potters Wheel (MO, 1904-1907)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication: St. Louis, MO

Frequency:  Monthly

Volume and Issue Data:  15 issues, 1904-1907

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  The Potters, a group of St. Louis women artists and writers who issued this monthly magazine

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

“A single copy of the magazine was hand-lettered and hand-illustrated by the Potters. It contained a variety of artistic output, including poetry and prose, photographs, calligraphy artwork, and needlework.  Comprised of young women in their late teens and early twenties, the Potters included poet Sara Teasdale, artists Caroline Risque and Petronelle Sombart, photographers Grace and Williamina Parrish, and writers Vine Colby, Inez Dutro, Celia Harris, Edna Wahlert and Guida Richey.  Their mentor, Lillie Rose Ernst, was a botany teacher at Central High School [and later an administrator with the St. Louis Public School System], and she alternately encouraged and challenged them.  The Potters went their various ways after 1907, some of them to marry, others for further study or to actively pursue careers in distant places.

The collection contains poems, short stories, watercolor prints, photographs–mostly portraits, various hand-painted designs, plays, fabric covered designs, and photographs of sculptures.

Information Sources:                   

Bibliography: None

Locations:  The Potters Wheel Collection, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis, MO; three issues  in the Yale University Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven,CT

Pony Gazette (MD, 1854-1856)

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PONY GAZETTE

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Baltimore, Maryland

Frequency:   Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  From 1854 (-56?)

Size and Format:  4-6 pages, roughly 8″ x 14″

Editor/Publisher:  Hook and Ladder Firemen’s Association

Title Changes and Continuation:

General Description and Notes:

The local organ of the Hook and Ladder volunteer fire company, handwritten on stock with a pre-printed masthead, in good condition and very legible. See also The Pickwickian, a New York Hook and Ladder Association’s handwritten paper.

Information Sources:

Bibliography: None

Locations:  The Hook and Ladder Company Collection (MS 662), Manuscripts, Maryland Historical Society,  Baltimore, MD

Pleasant Hill Popgun (OR, 1901)

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Pleasant Hill Popgun (OR, 1901)

Place of Publication: Pleasant Hill, Oregon

Frequency:  One issue?

Volume and Issue Data:  No. 2, Dec. 13, 1901

Size and Format:  Ledger sheets, 14 pp.

Editor/Publisher:  Anonymous (Pleasant Hill Literary Society?)

Title Changes and Continuation:  Succeeded Rattlesnake Blizzard

General Description and Notes:

A handwritten newspaper on old ledger sheets, Dec. 13, 1901, in the same ledger as the earlier, Rattlesnake Blizzard, Dec. 30, 1885.  Edited anonymously.  Contained brief news items, jokes and anecdotes.

Page two contains the following:

“The Pop-gun is the paper of the people, by the people, and for the people; Now friends how can you stand back when you know what is best for U [sic].”

 The paper ends with this statement:

 “We desire to thank those who have so cheerfully contributed to these columns.  Without the aid of all the members it would be impossible for one to produce a piece of work such as the society will expect of their servants.  We have consigned nothing to the waste basket and have carefully looked over the almanacs and magazines in securing our material for this issue of the paper.  Now as we are about to step out we [sic] our successors a successful term and have a liberal patronage.  The present editors will hereafter be seen wandering about seeking lost health and long forgotten happiness.  Thanking you for the patronage we have enjoyed we now retire with the greatest of pleasure.”

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  Martin Schmidt, Catalogues and Manuscripts, University of Oregon Library, Special Collections, Vol. I, 1971, item 888.

Locations:  Special Collections, Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

The Pickwickian (NY, 1856)

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The Pickwickian (NY, 1856)

Publication History:

Place of Publication:  New York, NY

Frequency:  Unknown

Volume and Issue Data: March 2, 1856

Size and Format:  4-6 pages, roughly 8″ x 14″

Editor/Publisher:  “Propretors (sic) Daughter Julius & Pickwick.”

Title Changes and Continuation: Unknown

General Description and Notes:

“Our Motto is FUN.”  A journal of a New York City fireman’s association, containing a hand-drawn masthead and is hand illustrated with satirical cartoons.  In good condition and very legible. Contained in the Hook and Ladder Company Record Books 0f the Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland, which included the company’s own handwritten newspaper, the Pony Gazette, circa 1854.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations:  The Hook and Ladder Company Record Books Collection (MS 662), Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, MD

Philomathean Gazette (UT, 1873)

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Philomathean Gazette (UT, 1873)

Place of Publication: Payson City, Utah County, Utah Territory

Frequency:  “Published every Monday”

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 2, No. 18, Feb. 24, 1873

Size and Format:  8.5 x 14 inches; single column; pen and ink, 8+ pp.

Editor/Publisher:  John Redington, editor

Title Changes and Continuation:  None

General Description and Notes:

The Gazette was “devoted to the interest of the Payson Philomathean Society,” an organization apparently supportive of the Mormon Church and its mission activities.  Vol. 2, No. 18, contains “original poetry” on “The Union of Souls” on pages one and two with an editor’s note: “To [sic] lengthy to publish in full, Ed.”

A story on “Travels on the Islands in the South Pacific Ocean” (pp. 2-5) recounts the efforts of the editor who “was called by the First Presidency of our Church to go on a mission to the South Pacific Islands, to preach the gospel to the inhabitants of that part of the world.”

Another story, “How Mr. Gray became a Farmer,” is continued from the previous issue of the paper, and continues to the issue to follow.

At least two pages are devoted to correspondence (dated Feb. 23) to the editor.  Both letters published refer to the Philomathean Society’s meetings, but provide no details as to its purpose or membership.

Information Sources:

Bibliography:  None

Locations: Utah State Historical Society, Mss A 2591, Salt Lake City, UT

Our Paper (WI, 1867)

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Publication History:

Place of Publication:  Madison, WI (?)

Frequency: Unknown

Volume and Issue Data:  Vol. 1, No. 8, January 20, 1867

Size and Format: Unknown

Editor/Publisher:  Charles D. Purple and Mary Cooper

Title Changes and Continuation: None

General Description and Notes:

The paper was produced for an unnamed organization led by A.F. Frank with J.M. Haight as secretary. The State Historical Society of Wisconsin identifies the publication as a “manuscript temperance paper.” Presented by the Michigan Historical Collections via Robert Warner, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1966.

Information Sources:                           

Bibliography: None

Locations:  The State Historical Society of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

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