The front page of the Sunday paper in 1896

At 40 pages with a color cover, the Sunday Journal in the late 19th century was quite impressive.


What I love about it, besides the cyclist in her winter riding outfit, are the headlines: “The Death Traps of New York,” “Smallest Baby in the World,” something about a millionaire’s house—it’s the same sensationalist copy peddled in print and online these days.

The 10-page pullout from the Patriarch’s Ball rounds it out. The Patriarch’s Ball was an annual party for the cream of the crop of New York’s social scene . . . the same kind of celebrity event given wall to wall media coverage today.

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9 Responses to “The front page of the Sunday paper in 1896”

  1. Mike Forester Says:

    Um. The name of the paper is right there. It’s not a “supplement”; it’s the New York Sunday Journal, like its counterparts the New York Morning Journal and the New York Evening Journal, a Hearst paper. Later became the Journal American and, for its last 8 months in 1966, the World-Journal-Tribune.

  2. ephemeralnewyork Says:

    Okay. I stand corrected.

  3. Laura Says:

    Thank you so much for showing the Journal and its wonderfully illustrated cover. I collect publications of the period and especially enjoy the printed ads as well as the articles, that are often contained within.

  4. marylandis Says:

    Well whatever it is, it’s marvelous. I agree; you really have to hand it to the headline writer. Who could resist buying this paper with such enticing teasers? I wonder who the funny guy in Sing Sing was. And I’d really like to know about the big joke on the doctors.

  5. punto Says:

    I agree with the previous comment. It sounds much more enticing than People and I would love to know about the 19th century death traps and also what the way, way, way pre-Citibike cycling issues were.

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  7. Legion of Andy Says:

    I’m afraid this is not a front page.

    It is a poster advertising next Sunday’s paper, as can be seen at the very bottom.

    It is a lovely thing though!

  8. Legion of Andy Says:

    PS Here’s a link to the actual newspaper:,0.065,2.081,1.019,0

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