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Map of the NEW CONVALESCENT CAMP. FAIRFAX CO. VA. Four miles S.W. from Washington,

The United States Sanitary Commission at work in Fairfax County, Virginia

A lovely lithograph of a grim subject, a plan for a “convalescent camp” in Fairfax County, Virginia likely produced to support the fundraising efforts of the United States Sanitary Commission.    When the Civil War began in April 1861 the Federal Government was utterly unprepared to wage total war, much less manage the carnage it […]

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Dispensational Truth Message to the Seven Churches banner

Mammoth chronological banner based on Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth”

A mammoth and striking evangelical chronology, mapping the spiritual development of Christianity as predicted in Revelations to the historical development of the Christian Church. Based on the work of Dispensationalist minister Clarence Larkin, and with a crude power that renders it a remarkable piece of American folk and religious art. Clarence Larkin and Dispensationalism Dispensationalist […]

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MAP OF THE BATTLE FIELD OF GETTYSBURG. JULY 1ST, 2ND, 3RD 1863. / FIRST DAY’S BATTLE [with:] SECOND DAY’S BATTLE [with:] THIRD DAY’S BATTLE.

Bachelder’s monumental maps of the Battle of Gettysburg

A monumental set of three plans by John Bachelder depicting each day of the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on American soil and the turning point of the Civil War. John Bachelder (1825-1894) was a painter, lithographer, photographer and historian. Early in his career he produced an important and appealing […]

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Illustrated Cold War Current Event Calendars for 1981-87 and 1989.

Cold War-era desk calendars, massively extra-illustrated by a disgruntled Cold Warrior

Collection of government-issue desk calendars, massively illustrated during the Cold War by a disenchanted Department of Defense employee with 1000s of images of personal, local, national and international significance. The illustrator was a mid-level (GS-11/12) civilian planner and operations officer/analyst who worked for the Department of Defense at the US Army’s Combined Arms Combat Development […]

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Geo[rge] H. Walker & Co., BOSTON AND ENVIRONS. Boston: George H. Walker & Co., 1905.

George H. Walker bird’s-eye view of Boston and Environs

A rare and appealing bird’s-eye view of Boston and Environs as seen from a point high above the Harbor. This panoramic view is centered on Boston but extends south to Nantasket, west to Framingham and Mount Wachusett, and north to Swampscott.  The more populous areas along the coast are highlighted in red, while the area’s […]

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B.B. FLOYD’S ROMPO FROLIQUE[:] A TRIP TO LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN AND THE BATTLEFIELD ABOVE THE CLOUDS

Spectacular chromo of a Rompo Frolique on Lookout Mountain

A spectacular 1890s chromolithographic advertising poster promoting the Rompo Frolique, a massive roller coaster proposed for Lookout Mountain outside Chattanooga, Tennessee. Lookout Mountain is a long ridge straddling the border of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, with its northern end holding a commanding view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. In 1863 it was the site of the […]

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[Untitled sketch book bearing 30 pages of clever and occasionally quite vivid sketches of Temperance allegories and cartoons.]

Unique Temperance sketch book, likely by a WCTU member

A unique and delightful book of sketches on Temperance themes, likely executed by a WCTU member in the mid-late 1880s. Based on internal evidence, the 30 pages of sketches were executed in Boston or elsewhere in eastern Massachusetts between 1886 and 1889, probably by a woman and member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Founded […]

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1922 ARMOUR’S FOOD SOURCE MAP[:] THE GREATNESS OF THE UNITED STATES IS FOUNDED ON AGRICULTURE

Armour’s Food Source Map makes the case that meat packing matters

A vibrant 1922 persuasive map by meatpacking giant Armour & Company, making the case for the strategic importance of its industry. Armour’s Food Source Map depicts the United States in outline, with vibrantly-colored vignettes highlighting the agricultural products of each state. The map is in fact so crammed with cows, pigs and sheep, and fields of […]

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1945 gulag MAP OF CONCENTRATION CAMPS IN SOVIET RUSSIA

Map exposing the extent of the Soviet gulag system

A somewhat crude but powerful persuasive map produced at the end of the Second World War to document the extent of the Russian gulag system. The Persuasive Maps web site of P.J. Mode describes the map and provides some helpful context: “The first appearance of a cold war map of Soviet concentration camps. It purports […]

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The Daily Liar War Map

Unrecorded Daily Liar War Map

A zany and extraordinarily rare satirical pictorial map of Europe during the First World War, issued by the publisher of the The Daily Liar. For all its horrors—or perhaps because of them—20th-century warfare has been a rich source of satire… think for example of Hogan’s Heroes, Catch-22, and M*A*S*H. One subgenre that took off in […]

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