May 22, 2014 - Sale 2351

Sale 2351 - Lot 154

Price Realized: $ 5,120
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
TRUMAN, HARRY S. Chicago Daily Tribune, with the headline "DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN," Signed and Inscribed on the first page: "It was a 'mistake'." Nearly complete, including women's and sports sections. 40 pages, folio; very faint halo around inscription (possibly from deacidification treatment), extraordinarily fine condition with front page upper corner intact. Chicago, 3 November 1948; inscription: 28 April 1965

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This remarkable newspaper's lead story shows some of the consequences of a strike undertaken by the linotype operators. The newspaper's response to the strike introduced delays in the production process, which prevented breaking news from being properly set--explaining the sloppy typewriter text--and which, on the night of the election, encouraged the editors to rely upon early polls. When the polls projecting a Dewey win proved false after the edition had already begun delivery, an attempt was made to recover the copies with the erroneous headline, but some, like the present copy, remained with customers.