Antiquarian, Rare & Collectable
Arizona Memorial Museum, Hawaii, USA (1986)
Facsimile Newspapers. 1st Extra Sunday, December 7, 1941 "War! Oahu Bombed by Japanese Planes.", 2nd Extra "Deaths over 400 on Oahu", 3rd Extra "Martial Law Declared". Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12"
Facsimile Reproduction of the Honolulu Star-bulletin and Honolulu Advertiser Issued After the Dec. 7, 1941 Attack
Reproductions of front pages of the Dec. 7, 1941, issues (called 1st, 2nd and 3rd extra) of: Honolulu star-bulletin, and: Dec. 8. 1941 issue of: Honolulu advertis
If there is a second in line for the most common phone call or email about a newspaper which turns out to be a reprint, it would be the December 7, 1941 of the “Honolulu Star-Bulletin – 1st Extra“.
The genuine issue is arguably the best newspaper to have reporting the historic bombing of Pearl Harbor, being a dramatic headline, from the day it happened, and from where it happened. And consequently those conditions make it ripe for creating a reprint edition. From what I understand the reprints are still available at the souvenir shop at the Pearl Harbor memorial.
There are a couple of tell-tale indicators which are easily observed:
* The genuine issue has an ink smear between the “A” and “R” in the huge “WAR ! ” in the headline.
* The reprint edition does not have the ink smear, it having been “cleaned up” to make for a better appearance.
* The genuine “1st Extra” is 8 pages and does not have the “2nd Extra” nor the “3rd Extra” within, as they were separate, stand-alone edition printed later in the day. The reprint editions typically have one of both of the later editions on pages 3 and/or 5.
* At least one of the reprint edition has the front page of the “Honolulu Advertiser” newspaper on page 3. Obviously a competing newspaper’s front page would not be found within a genuine issue of the “Star-Bulletin”.
As if the above are not sufficient in determine a genuine from reprint edition, the photos of the reprints typically have a “muddy” appearance and are not as crisp & clear as would be found in the genuine issue.