Interview With The Headline King, Lee Hanover

Interview With The Headline King, Lee Hanover

Some time in the past, I got here in touch with a gentleman, Lee Hanover, who’s much more focused on outdated newspapers than I’m! His curiosity just isn’t genealogical in nature, however extra from a historic perspective. He focuses on newspaper headlines and different historic media. Lee was type sufficient to offer solutions to my interview questions. His method is fascinating. Right here is the interview that I lately carried out with him.

1. Initially, thanks for taking the time to reply my questions. I’m fascinated by your several-decade curiosity in newspaper headlines. How way back, and the way did this ardour develop?

My dad and mom all the time inspired me and my siblings to learn our newspaper (Lengthy island’s Newsday). Some occasions for an enormous occasion, just like the moon landings or the Nixon resignation, my father would purchase all of the New York Space newspapers offered on the time. I’ve been informed that my grandfather, who was a NY Metropolis cab driver, learn a dozen newspapers a day throughout World Battle II.

Once I was in Excessive College, my homeroom instructor would get the NY Occasions delivered each morning. She let the scholars learn it. I seen for large occasions that that they had a banner headline. The college library had the NY Occasions on microfilm (microfilm is just the RAG edition-last version printed) going again to the 1950’s so on my lunch hour I began wanting up some huge occasions to see the NY Occasions headline. I’d print out the banner headlines.

Once I went to school that they had the complete run of the NY Occasions on microfilm so over a number of months I regarded up each entrance web page and printed out every entrance web page.  In time I typed up a composite of the all banner headlines. Through the years on the E-Bay newspaper sale web site Collectible Newspapers for sale | eBay I discovered lots of of Pearl Harbor extras & morning editions, an enormous variety of JFK assassination weekend newspapers, Nixon resignation, the Challenger catastrophe, and each San Francisco earthquakes (1906 & 1989). and so on.

I’ve come throughout many assorted variations of banner headlines. I’ve additionally contacted the NY Occasions newspaper morgue assortment at Duke College. A librarian agreed to lookup many key dates to see if that they had a unique headline than those I had. The Worldwide Version of the NY Occasions printed in Paris up till 1967, began printing their very own entrance pages in 1964. Previous to that they only flew the rag version plate to Paris to be printed there a day later. From 1964 to 1966, The Paris version had 6 days of banner headlines on days that the NY Version didn’t have one.

Over the a long time I’ve handled libraries in all 50 states, Canada and quite a few different nations to get newspaper entrance pages of key occasions.

2. One of many fascinating traits of outdated newspapers was the truth that a number of editions had been revealed every day, particularly as huge tales emerged throughout that day. Do you will have any tales the place a big change in editions through the day had a huge impact?

Listed below are the three variations for Election Evening 1916 through which the improper winner was declared:


            | NOVEMBER 8,1916                           |




            | NOVEMBER 8,1916                         |




            | NOVEMBER 8,1916                        |

            | ELECTION CLOSE, WILSON 264,HUGHES 251  |



3. I perceive that you just accumulate “banner headlines”. Are you able to outline that for me? How is that totally different from regular headlines?

A banner headline is a headline that goes throughout the highest of the newspaper entrance web page. Within the outdated days newspapers solely used a single column even for crucial occasions. In March 1888, the NY Morning Journal had a blizzard additional through which the world BLIZZARD was in giant letters throughout the highest of the web page. By 1896, a number of dozen newspapers had banner headlines for the Presidential victory of McKinley-Hobart. Using banner headlines exploded through the Spanish American Battle in 1898, comparable to Commodore Dewey’s taking Manila and the defeat of the Spanish Fleet in Santiago Harbor on the July 4th vacation weekend.

4. I do know you will have a particular curiosity in headlines from The New York Occasions.  Are you able to inform us extra about that?

The New York Occasions is the benchmark for newspaper banner headlines. They solely give a banner headline for  crucial occasions. Since 1912 they’ve had over 2,100; virtually half through the two world wars.

5. Have you ever had any of the objects in your assortment made accessible to archives, museums, or the like?

In the course of the Bush-Gore put up election courtroom battle there was a 20 day straight stretch of banner headlines.

I used to be quoted in Newsweek as a newspaper skilled as a result of the NY Occasions wished to find out about earlier long run stretches on steady NY Occasions banner headlines. I had written a letter to the editors 10 years earlier complaining about why they didn’t give some necessary occasions a banner headline. The NY Occasions archivist and their head of analysis known as me individually desirous to know if I might assist with prior lengthy stretches of banner headlines. I emailed my electronic mail lists and saved their jobs. They invited me to their headquarters on 12/01/2000.  I spent the complete day there assembly most of their employees. Newsweek had contacted their archivist in regards to the banner headline challenge with the 2000 election in order that they referred the author to me. I used to be within the December 5, 2000 challenge of Newsweek.

I’ve labored with the Fifth Ground Museum in Dallas, offering them with the newspaper entrance pages from over 95% of the over 1,100 each day newspapers printed in the USA in 1963.  

I’ve labored with the curator of Sagamore Hill to offer lots of of entrance pages of key occasions within the profession and lifetime of Teddy Roosevelt.

I supplied headlines to the Maritime Museum in Halifax – lots of of newspaper entrance pages protecting the Halifax explosion of December 6, 1917.(it blew up half town and killed over 2,000 individuals).

6. Is there anything that I haven’t talked about that you would be able to inform us about your pastime?

I’ve collected microprints of hundreds of entrance pages from many historic occasions from English language newspapers from everywhere in the world.

I even have collected radio/tv information broadcasts from historic occasions.

He informed me to inform you that for anybody focused on presumably buying and selling newspaper entrance pages or anybody who would really like the print out of the NY Occasions banner headlines to contact him. He could be reached at






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