A page from "Collecting American Newspapers"
Copyright Jim Lyons, 1989

This is a page from the "Glossary & Collector's Tips" chapter. This chapter was the most fun to write and in many ways it's the most fun chapter to read. In this chapter you'll find the answers to such common questions as:

What is an "amateur" newpaper? (There is more to it than you might imagine).

What are "boiler plates"? You've probably heard the term, but what does it really mean?

What defines an "emergency edition"?

What is an "exchange"?

How does foxing differ from exposure discoloration?

What kind of materials have newspapers been printed on?

What is a "steamer edition" newspaper?

The name written at the top of old newspapers: what is it and what is its significance?

And many more.