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Holiday journal. : (Wilmington, Del.) 1879-1879
Place of publication:
Wilmington, Del.
Geographic coverage:
  • Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
J.L. Davis & Co.
Dates of publication:
  • No. 1 (Nov. 26, 1879)-no. 6 (Dec. 31, 1879).
  • English
  • Delaware--Wilmington.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01203983
  • Wilmington (Del.)--Newspapers.
  • Archived issues are available in digital format from the Library of Congress Chronicling America online collection.
sn 88053077
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Holiday Journal

The Holiday Journal was first published on November 26, 1879, in Wilmington, Delaware. Billing itself as a newspaper for literary and society, the paper was published by John L. Davis and Company. The Holiday Journal freely distributed approximately 5,000 copies. The newspaper provided information related to theatre productions, noted that Alfred Tennyson had written a one-act play, and reviewed a production of another play "The Galley Slave" at the Opera House. The first issue of the Holiday Journal included recipes and information for Thanksgiving dishes such as instructions on how to roast a turkey.

The newspaper also published brief local and national news reports such as information on a proposed route for a canal between the Chesapeake and Delaware bays as well as news of the robbery of the National Bank in Germantown, Ohio. In addition, each issue included multiple short fiction and non-fiction stories.

On December 3, 1879, the title changed to the Wilmington Holiday Journal. The editor noted that the paper "will be read in every household on account of its well selected literature and other spicy original articles." With the December 17 issue, the newspaper shifted from four pages to eight and expanded coverage of literary and social news as well as trends in fashion and etiquette.

The Holiday Journal included a variety of advertisements focused mainly on fashion such as tailors, shoes, clothing stores, hatters, and furriers largely located in Wilmington. The Holiday Journal remained in print for only six issues. The last issue was published on December 31, 1879.

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