Papers in this condition have no value to collectors and I do not stock or sell them. I use the following terminology to more fully describe the condition of the newspapers offered in our catalogs, in addition to the general comments above.
Nearly all old newspapers are rare, in terms of the very few of them that have survived to the present; yet a one of a kind newspaper from an obscure small town in New England, for example, will generate far less collector interest than, let us say, a newspaper of similar rarity printed in the Republic of Texas.
It should be stressed that the information gathered above is not intendedas a comprehensive history of the Evening News. Because of gaps in my knowledge,I elected to display the facts on this webpage in the form of a simple timeline, asopposed to posting a detailed and structured essay. For example, I know very little aboutthe personalities of the proprietors, editors and journalists who were involved with thenewspaper down the years. In most instances I have noted the editors but not the managingeditors; nor have I given much attention to the overall environment of the newspaperindustry and Fleet Street in general. Furthermore, there are no doubt many importantevents in the newspaper's history not mentioned here, not least the various changes ineditorial bias and the way in which the paper adapted over the years in reporting thenews. Certainly the lifespan of the Evening News covered a long period of greatchanges. The paper lived through two world wars, massive social upheavals, the rise of theSoviet Union, the fall of the British Empire, the advent of film and television, the firstman in space and countless scientific breakthroughs including the foundation of geneticresearch and the birth of microchip technology. The Evening News, in its ownfashion, reported on all these events throughout its 99-year history. To attempt toencapsulate all this in terms of the history of the newspaper itself is beyond my abilityand indeed outside the scope of this website.
The Evening News was a pioneering newspaper, not only injournalistic terms but also in its use of new technology. Journalistic novelties pioneeredby the newspaper included the "Woman's World" and "Gossip of the Day"columns. The Evening News was also the first newspaper to install a telephone inits offices (at Carmelite House) and, in 1906, the Evening News initiated the useof motor vans for distribution. With a large fleet in operation, the bright yellow EveningNews distribution vans were for a familiar site in London for many years.
"I wanted the kids to know there was a long tradition behind each of these terms and style rules and know that it didn't come out of nowhere."The use of the symbol was once so prevalent that it made its way into Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary, which says 30 is "a sign of completion." But the tradition of using it to cap off a piece of sprightly copy dropped off considerably when the computer replaced the typewriter the in America's newsrooms.