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Quicksilver Times (almost) complete collection: 1969-72

Quicksilver Times was the premier Washington, D.C. alternative newspaper from 1969 to 1972 along with the Washington Free Press (1967-70) during this period of radical and revolutionary upheaval.

 

Quicksilver was published every 10 to 14 days as a color tabloid and was sold at a number of alternative businesses as well as by street sellers who paid 10 cents per copy and sold the paper for 25 cents.

 

Quicksilver was among the pioneers skillfully utilizing the strengths of offset printing such as color, centerfold and back cover political posters and art, attention getting headlines, large graphics and over time, using white space to focus attention.

 

On the negative side, its ultization of half-tone graphics overlaid on text, reversed text and a small type face made reading the content difficult at times (though attractive to glance at).

 

It had excellent coverage of topics such as the Weather Underground, the 1969 Moratoriums, 1970 national student strike, 1970 Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention, 1971 People’s Peace Treaty, 1971 Mayday demonstrations, the rise of the women’s liberation and gay liberation movements, the rise and decline of the Black Panther Party, campaigns to free political prisoners, the youth culture and the co-op movement.

 

The staff waged a year-long struggle to keep the paper alive after May 1971 through its last issue in June 1972. Declining advertising and street sales coupled with rising prices of printing, rent and staff needs put pressure on the paper and it began running in the red.

 

The staff tried fundraisers, soliciting donations and toward the end the reduced staff of 5-6 people were selling papers on the street 10 of 14 days between issues to raise money. Content and creativity suffered and the staff was forced to close the paper as creditors began filing collection lawsuits.

 

This is a complete collection with the exception of Volume 2, Number 13 published in May 1970. A few other issues have damaged pages. We have physical possession of all but six issues, but were able to fill five of the gaps courtesy of the online collections of the D.C. Public Library’s Dig DC and the website Independent Voices.

 

Vol. 1 No. 1 – June 16, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-06-16-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 2 – June 27, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-06-27-qt...

Vol. 1 No. 3 – July 10, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-07-10-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 4 – July 21, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-07-21-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 5 – August 1, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-08-01-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 6 – August 12, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-08-12-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 7 – August 26, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-08-26-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 8 – September 10, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-09-10-qt...

Vol. 1 No. 9 – September 21, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-09-21-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 10 – October 1, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-10-01-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 11 – October 18, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-10-18-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 12 – October 29, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-10-29-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 13 – November 13, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-11-13-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 14 – November 26, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-11-26-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 15 – December 8, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-12-08-qu...

Vol. 1 No. 16 – December 19, 1969 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1969-12-19-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 1 – January 9, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-01-09-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 2 – January 19, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-01-19-vo...

Vol. 2 No. 3 – January 30, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-01-30-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 4 – February 9, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-02-09-vo...

Vol. 2 No. 5 – February 20, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-02-20-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 6 – March 3, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-03-03-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 7 – March 13, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-03-13-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 8 – March 24, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-03-24-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 9 – April 3, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-04-03-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 10 – April 14, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-04-14-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 11 – May 8, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-05-08-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 12 – May 18, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-05-19-qu...

Vol. 2 No 13 – unavailable at this time

Vol. 2 No. 14 – June 9, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-06-09-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 15 – June 23, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-06-23-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 16 – July 3, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-07-03-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 17 – July 14, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-07-14-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 18 – July 28, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-07-28-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 19 – August 8, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-08-08-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 20 – August 18, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-08-18-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 21 – September 1, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-09-01-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 22 – September 15, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-09-15-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 23 – September 26, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-09-26-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 24 – October 5, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-10-05-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 25 – October 19, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-10-19-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 26 – October 31, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-10-31-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 27 – November 10, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-11-10-qi...

Vol. 2 No. 28 – November 24, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-11-24-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 29 – December 8, 1 970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-12-08-qu...

Vol. 2 No. 30 – December 22, 1970 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1970-12-22-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 1 – January 16, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-01-16-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 2 – January 30, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-01-30-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 3 – February 17, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-02-17-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 4 – March 2, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-03-02-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 5 – March 17, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-03-17-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 6 – March 31, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-03-31-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 7 – April 14, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-04-14-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 8 – April 30, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-04-30-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 9 – May 15, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-05-15-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 10 – June 2, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-06-02-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 11 – June 13, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-06-13-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 12 – July 3, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-07-03-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 13 – July 17, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-07-17-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 14 – July 30, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-07-30-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 15 – August 14, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-08-14-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 16 – August 28, 1971 (duplicate date, vol. & no.) - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-08-28-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 17 – August 28, 1971 (duplicate date, vol. & no.) - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-08-28-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 18 – September 16, 1971 (possibly misdated) - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-09-16-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 19 – October 13, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-10-13-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 20 – October 29, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-10-29-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 21 – November 12, 1971 -https://washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-11-12-quicksilver-vol-3-no-21.pdf

Vol. 3 No. 22 – November 25, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-11-25-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 23 – December 14, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-12-14-qu...

Vol. 3 No. 24 – December 31, 1971 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1971-12-31-vo...

Vol. 4 No. 1 – January 14, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-01-14-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 2 – January 28, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-01-28-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 3 – February 15, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-02-15-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 4 – March 3, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-03-03-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 5 – March 23, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-03-23-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 6 – April 12, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-04-12-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 7 – May 2, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-05-02-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 8 – May 31, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/1972-05-31-qu...

Vol. 4 No. 9 – July 30, 1972 - washingtonspark.files.wordpress.com/2020/04/f972-07-30-ca...

 

For other historical periodicals, see washingtonareaspark.com/contributors/periodicals/

 

For other historical documents, see washingtonareaspark.com/contributors/

 

For more information and related images, see flic.kr/s/aHsmGkArk4

 

The bulk of the Quicksilver issues were donated by Robert “Bob” Simpson. Five issues were courtesy of the D.C. Public Library Dig DC and the Independent Voices website.

 

 

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