It would appear that gun control is a bigger deal in San Francisco now than it was 130 years ago. Back then the Chronicle was handing out pistols as an enticement to subscribe.
"Every farmer, Miner or Merchant traveling should have one of the Chronicle's American Double-Action Pistols, which we send you and the Weekly Chronicle for one year for $3.90," read an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle in 1888.
According to Chronicle archives, premium subscribers were offered "the best paper published on the Pacific" in addition to the American-made full nickel-plated, five chamber gun..
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Interesting Subscription Premuium
11/3/16 San Francisco Chronicle: