Dewey Defeats Truman newspapers

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2015-06-26 10:54:12

Dewey Defeats Truman newspapers are collectible vintage newspapers published by the Chicago Tribune on November 3, 1948.

They bore the erroneous headline: “Dewey Defeats Truman”, referring to the previous night’s US presidential election.

“Vintage” refers to pieces manufactured within the last 100 years and can include items made as recently as the 1980s.

 

Background

On the night of the US presidential election on November 2, 1948, between Democrat incumbent Harry S Truman and Republican challenger Thomas E Dewey, the Chicago Tribune was forced to go to press with the following day’s first edition before many of the results had been announced.

Early results indicated that Dewey would be victorious, and Tribune political correspondent Arthur Sears Henning, who had predicted four out of five previous elections correctly, also predicted a Dewey win.

More than 150,000 newspapers with the headline were printed although most were pulped before reaching the newsstands.

The newspaper came to notoriety when Truman was pictured triumphantly brandishing a copy of the newspaper the day after his win.

Truman won by 303 votes to 189.

How much are Dewey Defeats Truman newspapers worth?

Dewey Defeats Truman newspapers can sell for between $400 and $500 at auction, depending on condition.

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