The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: December 25

WILLIAMSBURG, December 25, 1779.
The great increase in the prices of all the necessaries of life, and the very extravagant prices which we are obliged to give for paper and every other article used in the printing business, compels us to raise the price of our Gazette to FIFTY DOLLARS per annum.

Virginia Gazette (Dixon & Nicolson) December 25, 1779

About this entry:

Beginning in 1776 paper money was issued by Virginia, and it lost value quickly. By 1779 it took 800 to 1000 paper dollars to buy 100 silver dollars. An annual subscription, then, cost approximately five silver dollars. Christmas Day fell on Saturday in 1779 and the newspaper was printed as usual. There is no mention of the holy day in the issue. Read about how Christmas was celebrated in the eighteenth century.

Sources: Kelly, Q&A

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