The Miami Herald's History Is For Sale on eBay: Here's the Best, Worst and Weirdest

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Less than $30 gets you this fine moment in mustache history.
Last month, editors held the final afternoon news meeting at One Herald Plaza. A few minutes later, some moving vans parked in front of the building, and employees and movers packed up what was left and said goodbye to the paper's home for exactly 50 years. A few staffers stopped long enough to grab a wrench and remove the city-owned Herald Plaza street sign. Last week, workers showed up and removed the "M" and the "H" from the sign that graced the front of the building for half a century. Sources tell me the cost of the operation was more than $20,000.

So in other words, if you were looking for a souvenir from the building, you're out of luck. It appears that the place has been picked cleaner than a Thanksgiving turkey. But, cheer up. There are still loads of other Herald keepsakes to be had on eBay, and they're not all that expensive.

At some point in the past year or two, Herald honchos quietly invited a company by the name of Rogers Photo Archive to digitize their photo files. In exchange, the Herald allowed the company to keep the original prints.

And, in the past few months -- to the horror of many longtime Herald staffers -- the photographs have been showing up on eBay.

All are one-of-a-kind originals, complete with crop marks and photographer's captions. Most of the prints are priced anywhere from $28.88. Some go for as much as $34.88. But, inexplicably a photograph of Herald legend Gene Miller can be had for less than $20.00. It's irreplaceable history at bargain basement prices.

To save you time in your search for some Herald memorabilia, we've spent the last few days browsing the Herald collection on eBay. And what follows are a few of our favorites.

1. The entire staff of the Miami Herald in 1912... including editor Frank B. Stoneman, fifth from left. Most newspapers would pull this aside and give it to a museum. But you can but it on eBay.

2. The year is 1953, and for some reason three uniformed airline "stewardesses" have shown up at the old Miami Herald newsroom on Miami Avenue. They're serving coffee and refreshments to three editors. One lucky guy also got a back rub.

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2 comments
rbassave
rbassave

Still a sell out! History is for sale one item at a time! As a former staff writer and newsroom librarian who filed, researched, archived many of these pictures on eBay, I am saddened that all are hard work meant nothing. To all my fellow newspaper librarians who took pride in what they did,  fear not for we did it the right way!

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Photo 11 could not have been taken in 1983 because Metrorail opened in 1984.

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