The Weekly Picayune
This week New Orleans became a city without a daily newspaper when The Times Picayune became a thrice-weekly publication.
Historically there have been a large variety of newspapers in New Orleans, including The Weekly Picayune. Published every Monday, the paper was a mix of local, national and international news, and may have been akin to the Sunday newspaper of today as it was about twice as long as the editions printed daily.
Special Collections & Archives houses issues of The Weekly Picayune for the year 1841-1842. A look at the publication one hundred and seventy one years ago this week reveals much information on the city, from local currency exchange to information on arriving ships. The reported deaths reveal that Yellow Fever was present and still claiming victims in the city.
And of course there is always room for levity with a good ol’ fashioned Whig joke.