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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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International Stock Food Co., INTERNATIONAL POULTRY FOOD. Minneapolis, Minn., [ca. 1900].

Spectacular chromolithographic advert for International Poultry Food

A charming chromolithographic poster promoting the virtues of International Poultry Food, an avian superfood that “makes chicks grow rapidly and prevents disease” and is “the greatest known egg producer.” The image features a content and robust hen surrounded by dozens of healthy-looking chicks and a cheerfully-packaged box of the product. International Poultry Food was a […]

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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. 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 directed by Toshio Shimura, the film was […]

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Lith. by W. H. Rease, N. E. Cor. 4th & Chesnut St. / Printed by Wagner & McGuigan, MITCHELL & CROASDALE Successors to G. W. Ridgway & Co. DEALERS IN SPERM, WHALE, LARD & TANNERS OIL, CANDLES, RICE &c No. 30 NTH WHARVES, ABOVE ARCH ST. PHILADELPHIA. [New York: J.H. Colton & Co.,] 1856.

A dramatic sperm whaling lithograph

A dramatic sperm whaling image, used here to advertise the wares of merchants Mitchell & Croasdale of Philadelphia. “Advertisement depicting a whale hunt after the 1835 aquatint by J. Hill from a sketch by C. B. Hulsart titled “Capturing a Sperm Whale.” Whalers in two small whaling boats attack a large sperm whale with harpoons. […]

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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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1930s Walter Eckhard Philips shortwave radio world map

Spectacular Philips pictorial map of the global shortwave radio network

A spectacular 1930s promotional for Philips Radio featuring a pictorial map of the global shortwave radio network, with each continent crammed with imagery. The overall effect is rich, though rather crudely stereotypical—the vignettes include giraffes and spear-toting natives in Africa, igloos in Greenland, a teapot in Sri Lanka, and so on. Superimposed on the map are red […]

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A White Mountains rarity

A very rare and unusual White Mountains view, produced for an early automobile rally. This view depicts the high peaks of the White Mountains and the surrounding region, bounded east and west by the Carter and Kinsman Ranges, and north and south by Lancaster and the Lakes Region. The scale is most curious, quite compressed […]

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John Finzer & Bros., Louisville, Ky., OLD HONESTY NON-PARTISAN Political Map OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWING THE Presidential Vote of 188-0 AND Other Election Statistics. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1884.

A terrific little political map and chart, issued as a tobacco premium

A wonderful and very rare tobacco premium in the form of a thematic political map of the United States. This piece was produced as a two-sided “premium” to promote Old Honesty Plug Tobacco, a brand produced by the Finzer Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky. Originally folded in eighths brochure-style but now flattened, one side bears the […]

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Times Steam Job Office, Cincinnati Weekly Times A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER Adapted to the Wants of the People of the United States. Cincinnati: Times Company, [1873].

Spectacular broadside advert for the Cincinnati Weekly Times

A spectacular and unrecorded four-color broadside issued in 1873 by the Cincinnati Weekly Times, using patriotic imagery to promote its ambitions as “A National Newspaper.”  The broadside touts the Times as “a national paper adapted to the wants of the people of all the United States.” It emphasizes the point with a variety of patriotic […]

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John Finzer & Bros., Louisville, Ky., OLD HONESTY NON-PARTISAN Political Map OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWING THE Presidential Vote of 188-0 AND Other Election Statistics. Chicago: Rand McNally & Co., 1884.

Fascinating political map on a tobacco premium

A wonderful and extremely rare political map of the United States issued as a tobacco premium by a Louisville, Kentucky tobacco firm. This piece was produced as a two-sided “premium” to promote Old Honesty Plug Tobacco, a brand produced by the Finzer Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky. The Finzer brothers were Swiss émigrés who in 1866 established […]

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