GUINEA GOLD. Australian Defence Force.


A broken run of 478 issues, including the first and last (Volume 1, No. 1, November 19, 1942 and Volume 4, No. 230, June 30, 1946), most of the issues bound (not always in numerical order) in three volumes, plus over 50 loose issues (mostly from Volume 3, 1945). Regular issues 4 pages, all printed in 4 columns, and illustrated with photographs and maps, but several issues with supplements (regularly at weekends, plus special issues marking extraordinary events such as the invasion and later surrender of Italy, victory in Europe, etc., these usually an additional 4 pages, generally printed in red & black, a few with folding leaves, and several including a Ginger Meggs comic strip), the masthead of the final issue printed in green & gold; demy 4to; gilt lettered navy binder's cloth, a trifle worn; later endpapers, with bookseller's sticker at foot of upper pastedowns, hinges starting, scattered light foxing, browning, occasional slight soiling and general minor wear & tear, with a few of the loose issues inserted in their correct order after binding (these are creased from folding, and generally chipped or split at edges), and many of the bound issues formerly stored in a two-ring binder, with resultant punched holes; [Port Moresby], 1942-1946. Mixed Australian and American issues. *The majority of these issues are from Volumes 1 and 2 (1942 to early 1944), with approximately 50 issues present from Volume 3 and only 2 from Volume 4. Guinea Gold was the official newspaper of the Australian Military Forces, published daily in Port Moresby, New Guinea, for circulation to the Armed Forces of Australia and America operating in the region. (American issues included baseball scores, etc., in place of Australian home town news). The final issue includes an article by Major R. B. Leonard, the original editor, giving a brief history of the paper's 1320 days of continuous publication: a record for Service newspapers. Also loosely inserted is a photocopied article about Guinea Gold, entitled 'Most Bombed Newspaper', which includes photographs of the production team at work on the paper. Item #094605

Price: $4,500.00