Sometimes historical artifacts turn up in some very odd places. Such is the case when it came to an original December 28, 1774 edition of the Pennsylvania Journal and the Weekly Advertiser with the iconic “Unite or Die” snake design on the newspaper’s masthead.
The historic newspaper showed up in a Bellmawr, New Jersey Goodwill store. Workers at the store quickly realized the significance of the find. The newspaper contains three items signed by John Hancock who urged the Colonies to fight back against those enemies who would divide them.
Bob Snyder, of the New York auction house Cohasco, states that the newspaper shows how people were “good and mad” just months before the American Revolution would commence. Snyder said the newspaper is expected to fetch between $6,000 and $16,000 at auction which Goodwill will use to fund educational and job-training programs.