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Charming guide map of Boston

A very attractive and scarce guide map, printed by one of Boston’s great chromolithographers. The map is based on James Slade’s recently-completed official map of Boston, which depicts Boston during one of its most aggressive and successful periods of expansion. Most dramatically, it shows the vast area of Back Bay created by fill in recent […]

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Best Grease in the World!

A charming and extremely rare broadside advertisement for Frazer’s Grease, touting its superiority to petroleum-based products. The ad depicts two horse-drawn buggies, one with a collapsed front axle and its driver complaining “Here I am broke down ! ! Axle completely worn out, and my Wagon in use only Six Months. If I EVER USE […]

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Spectacular poster for a Japanese film on the War in the Pacific

A monumental and extremely rare poster for a Japanese film celebrating the War in the Pacific. Owned in partnership with Geographicus Antique Maps. This mammoth poster and map of East Asia and the Pacific was issued to promote the Italian release of the 1958 Japanese film Battaglia del Pacifico.   Produced by the Shin Toho Company and […]

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Vibrant 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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Ben Nason poster promoting travel to Nantucket

A lovely travel poster promoting tourism to the island of Nantucket, eminently displayable for its generous size, vivid color and evocative graphic design. The image features the Pacific Club on Main Street, originally built in 1772 as the warehouse of merchant William Rotch. This is one of several travel posters commissioned by the New Haven Railroad […]

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Patriotic advertisement for “Schultz’s Star Soap”

A striking example of antique advertising with a patriotic theme, produced by a pioneer in direct-to-consumer marketing. The Schultz family of Zanesville, Ohio entered the soap business in the 1850s, when William Schultz purchased an existing soap factory. He brought his son Robert and nephew John Hoge into the business, and on his retirement in 1866 they […]

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Hal Shelton, Vail [:] COLORADO . . . SKI COUNTRY USA. Colorado Springs: Looart, ND [but ca. 1965.]

Map of Colorado’s Vail ski resort in its earliest years

An attractive 1960s bird’s-eye view of Vail ski resort, one of the America’s iconic Winter destinations. The main image is a bird’s eye view of the resort’s front bowls, trails and lifts, complemented by a view of the back bowls at lower right and a photograph of the base resort at lower left. It was […]

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“Largest Cow in the World”

A charming advertisement touting the virtues of International Stock Food, featuring “the largest cow in the world:” “At 6 years of age she weighed 2970. Height, 6 feet. Length, 10 feet. Girth, 10 feet. She eats “International Stock Food” every day[.] “This cow has a fine coat of deep red hair an has a strong […]

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A spectacular paint-specimen broadside

This amazing broadside is a far more ornate and attractive version of marketing collateral that could be found today in any Home Depot or Lowe’s. It features nine vignettes of Victorian homes, set against a complex background of foliate and geometric elements. The vignettes are arranged in a rosette pattern, with eight identical homes radiating […]

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Rare stage coach ad, by an unknown Worcester, Mass. lithographer

An unusual and extremely rare lithograph stagecoach advertisement from the 1840s, originally produced for the Providence and Worcester line but bearing a paste-on (now detached but present) for the Warren, Bristol & Newport line. The print may be dated to the mid-1840s, as A. Johnson drove for the Providence and Worcester from 1842 on. Worcester […]

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