5 results, ordered by Publication Date

The cutting down of Boston’s Beacon Hill

With their focus on the epic process of filling in Boston’s many coves and inlets, most discussions of the history of the city’s topographical history are, literally speaking, two dimensional. Often neglected is the tale of the city’s vertical diminishment through the cutting down of the three-peaked ridge (the “Tremontane”) that once bisected the Shawmut […]

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1882 chromo of Boston’s New England Fair building

A lovely chromolithographic view of the so-called New England Fair, the exhibition building of the New England Manufacturers and Mechanics Institute. Extremely rare in any form, but particularly unusual for being a publisher’s mockup, with extensive material in manuscript. In 1881 the building was the site of the first exhibition of the Institute, which organization […]

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Lovely promotional for farm equipment maker Adriance Platt & Co.

A rare and lovely chromolithographic promotional for farm equipment maker Adriance Platt & Co., unusual for its use of a bird’s eye view of the Hudson River. Adriance Platt & Co. began in 1852 as a wholesale hardware business founded by John Adriance, his son John P., and two other men. The men soon moved […]

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Colorful bird’s eye view of New York City

A scarce and colorful chromolithographic bird’s-eye view of New York City, as seen from an imaginary viewpoint high above New York Bay. This lovely little view depicts nearly the entire city, with the exception of the southern reaches of Brooklyn, as well as surrounding parts of Westchester, Nassau County, and New Jersey. Built-up areas are highlighted in […]

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A spectacular chromolithographic temperance poster

A spectacular chromolithographic poster illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued just as the Temperance movement was nearing its apogee. This colorful piece of work is in essence a pictorial table, with four columns of images illustrating the exterior appearance and internal organs of, from left to right, “The Healthy,” “The moderate drinker,” […]

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