Sunday, August 28, 2011

Ancient Clamdiggery - 1850

Sunday, June 9, will contain more than the usual quantity of reading matter--"The Merchant's Curse," from the French; "Shakspere (sic) in his best Day;" "The First and Last Bear," by Tom Frank; "The Indian Mother;" and other sketches. Also, a correct view of
embracing all the points of interest, with a succinct account of the late piratical expedition and Gen. Loafer, for the express purpose of overthrowing the existing government of this ancient Clamdiggery!!! Editorials--politics--news, etc. etc. Price, 3 cents--one dollar a year.

ATWOOD, LARKIN & CO. 22 Spruce-et. New-Yok (sic). For sale by all the newsmen and newsboys. je8 1t*

--New York Daily Tribune, Saturday, June 8, 1850

The fact that the ad put Coney Island on its own line shows that Coney Island was a draw for readers' eyes even in the 1850s. The "government" of "clamdiggery" was likely referring to the beloved Governor Gil Davis.

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