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Northeast News Gleaner records


Held at: Historical Society of Frankford [Contact Us]1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA, 19124

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Historical Society of Frankford. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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The Frankford News Gleaner was founded in 1882 by George W. Henry. Operating out of a small shop on Frankford Avenue, the paper was little more than a penny press newspaper. The short articles in the paper, called "Gleanings," helped give the paper its early name, the Gleaner. The Gleaner held the third highest subscription rate as it entered the 1900s, behind the Frankford Dispatch and the Frankford Gazette.

In 1926, the Henry family purchased a Model E Duplex Press that could print and fold eight pages at a time at the rate of 3,000 per hour. The faster press enabled George Henry to distribute the newspaper for free. When the Great Depression occurred in the 1930s, higher demand for circulars and advertising fed the growth of the Gleaner. After the onset of World War II, the Gleaner began to struggle. However, the post-war boom stimulated the need for advertising, and the Gleaner recovered.

In 1955, the Gleaner purchased the Northeast News and Kensington News, after which the paper was called the Northeast News Gleaner. In the 1960s, the Frankford Dispatch and Frankford Gazette both ceased publication. (A later online news service called the Frankford Gazette was founded in 2007 and is still in operation as of 2015.) The circulation of the Gleaner expanded from Frankford into other areas of the Northeast, including Tacony, Mayfair, Holmesburg, and Bustleton. By 1982, the News Gleaner, as it came to be known, was publishing for four separate community markets.

In 2002, the Henry family sold the News Gleaner to the Journal Register Company, which also published the Northeast Breeze and the Olney Times. In December 2008, all three of these papers ceased operations.

This collection consists primarily of photographs used for publication in the Northeast News Gleaner. It also includes negatives; financial records, circa 1970s-2000s; and about 75 whole issues of the News Gleaner, circa 1970s-1980s. Some photographs are organized by topic such as sports or general news, other photographs are not sorted.

Also included in the collection is a small portion of materials, circa 1990s-2000s, from Nicetown Life, a small local publication serving the Nicetown neighborhood of North Philadelphia. The materials from Nicetown Life include a few whole issues of the paper, layout designs, advertisement sale records, and a couple of research files.

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Historical Society of Frankford directly for more information.

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Finding aid prepared by Sarah Leu and Anastasia Matijkiw through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories
This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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