Lot #8164
Harry S. Truman

“Dewey Defeats Truman”—rare complete issue of the Chicago Tribune's infamous blunder
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Estimate: $1500+

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Description

“Dewey Defeats Truman”—rare complete issue of the Chicago Tribune's infamous blunder

Rare complete issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 3, 1948, 17 x 24, featuring the iconic banner headline "Dewey Defeats Truman." In fine condition, with a few small tears and wear to the spine, a repaired tear to the upper left, and an unobtrusive area of paper loss to the top edge. When the decision to print this paper was made, returns were coming in very slowly and time was running out before the deadline for the edition. The Tribune staff, based on the early returns, decided Dewey would be the next President. After the newspaper was delivered to the street, more returns came in and showed that Truman would in fact be reelected. The already delivered 'error' newspapers were gathered for return by staff members sent out to pick them up from newsstands and homes in the Chicago area. Original, entirely complete editions of this newspaper are becoming increasingly scarce.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Presidents
  • Dates: February 11 - February 18