1890-1891 SACRAMENTO DAILY EVENING NEWS 150 ISSUES Professionally Bound Newspapers
SACRAMENTO DAILY EVENING NEWS. Approximately 150 four page issues. December 23, 1890, Volume I Number 2 through June 30, 1891, Volume II Number 8.
Published by Wells Drury, Sacramento, California, 1890-1891.
Approximately 150 four page issues professionally bound in hardcovers, faux black morocco leather, gilt titling to the spine, 17.5x23 inches (the measurement of the covers). The bound in issues were cut in three different sizes: 13.5x20 inches, 16x21 inches, and 17x23 inches.
The Sacramento Daily Evening News was published from 1890 to 1893, after which the punisher, Wells Drury, went on to act as editor for various San Francisco newspapers. The issues were published daily, Monday through Saturday.
Thousands of interesting articles and tidbits about life in Sacramento and California in 1890 and 1891. Not unexpectedly, there are also some items disparaging (both intentionally and non intentionally) of Chinese, Native Americans, Italians, Blacks and, of course, Women.
Condition: The issues have been professionally bound in hardcovers, the endpapers are new, the binding is sturdy. The pages have also been professionally repaired here and there throughout, with some encapsulated edges, some clear tape, etc. The pages are rather fragile and there are some tears, missing corners, chips, etc. The edgewear is minor on most pages, significant on a few. I noticed that several articles were cut out of a couple pages. There appears to be several issues missing. The pages are age toned, as normal. Overall this carefully and professionally bound and repaired collection of issues remains well preserved, tight, bright, clean and unmarked.
LARGE and HEAVY.
About Wells Drury, the Publisher of the Daily Evening News (from various Internet sources):
******Wells Drury, pioneer newspaperman, was born September 16, 1851 in New Boston, Illinois. Orphaned while crossing the Oregon Trail in 1852, he was adopted and brought up in Oregon on a Indian reservation on Puget Sound. Drury arrived in San Francisco in 1873. Successful investments in mining concerns in the Comstock in Nevada convinced him to move to Virginia City, where he became one of the editors of the Virginia City Chronicle, the Territorial Enterprise, the Gold Hill News, and the Bodie Daily Miner. As a reporter in the Comstock, Drury knew Mark Twain and Bret Harte and later, in San Francisco, met Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1882 Drury became deputy secretary of the state of Nevada and in 1887 became a member and speaker pro tem of the Nevada House of Representatives.
Drury returned to California in 1888. He published the Daily Evening News from 1890 to 1893. He then was, at different times, managing editor of the San Francisco Call, city editor of the San Francisco Examiner, news editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, news editor of the Sacramento Union, and managing editor of the Los Angeles Record. In addition, Drury was one of the first presidents of the San Francisco Press Club.******
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