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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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Civil War playing cards

A complete set of Civil War period playing cards, employing eagle, star, shield, and flag artwork in lieu of the more traditional suits. The Jack and King are represented by officers and the Queen by Lady Liberty. “[The] American Card Company was operated by Benjamin W. Hitchcock, owner of a music and publishing business at 14 […]

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“Purifies the Blood, Aids Digestion”

A marvelous broadsheet advertisement touting the virtues of International Stock Food. The recto features a well-rounded hog standing upright and dressed in the best plutocratic fashion with topcoat and top hat. In his right hoof he holds a large pail of International Stock Food`s 3-in-1 feed, and in his left he holds a placard bearing […]

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A Jewish businessman in Manitowoc, Wisconsin

An eye-catching and extraordinarily rare advertising broadside, produced for a major Midwestern Jewish businessman. This marvelous broadside advertises the wares of J. L. Brandeis’ Clothing Store in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The focal point is a caricature of three soldiers on parade, one with a dress dangling from his bayonet and another bearing a sign exhorting viewers to […]

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Handsome cartographic advertising broadside

A rare and very handsome cartographic advertising broadside for the self-proclaimed “largest horse dealers in the world,” executed by the era’s foremost printer of chromolithographic maps. The firm of Fiss, Doerr & Carroll was formed in 1896 by the merger of horse dealers Fiss & Doerr and Carroll & Connelly. In an 1897 interview with the […]

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“Cured His Sick Sow And She Raised 16 Pigs”

A marvelous broadsheet advertisement touting the virtues of International Stock Food, featuring a contented sow suckling no fewer than 16 piglets, while cheerful elves spoon feed her International Stock Food to keep her strength up. This delightful image is accompanied by a vivid testimonial from a satisfied customer: “GENTLEMEN:–I had a sow last fall that […]

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Stunning chromo broadside for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

A spectacular and very rare display broadside, touting the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific line and its connections with the newly-completed transcontinental railroad. The Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was formed in 1866 through the merger of the Chicago & Rock Island and Mississippi & Missouri Railroads. Just three years later the Union Pacific and […]

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“New Fall & Winter Goods” in Green Castle!

A remarkable and extraordinarily rare advertising broadside combining color printing, varied typography, and visual whimsy to great effect. This marvelous broadside advertises the wares of Prather & Kreps, merchants of the town of Green Castle in south-central Pennsylvania. The broadside announces “that they are receiving from the Eastern Cities and are now opening a large and […]

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Mammoth map publisher’s promotional album

A striking and unusual promotional album issued by the Buffalo-based map publisher Whitney-Graham Company, featuring numerous maps of American rail and utility networks. The album consists of a page of introductory text, followed by a total of 20 maps pasted on 13 leaves. An introductory page of text proudly states that the volume offers “Unmistakable evidence of the highest […]

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Rare game advertising “Around the World in Eighty Days”

A large and striking game poster, issued in or around 1873 to promote Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days and other publications by the Paris firms of Hetzel and Cie.  Said to have been issued in 1875 (see Ciompi and Seville), this is one of several 19th-century games adapting Verne’s imaginative novel to the […]

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