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The Rompo Frolique at Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain and the Rompo Frolique

A spectacular 1890s chromolithographic advertising poster promoting the “Rompo Frolique,” a massive roller coaster proposed for Lookout Mountain, 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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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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[Engraved pattern book of cast brass hardware for furniture, doors, and other applications.] [Birmingham[?], England, circa 1800.]

Rare late 18th- or early 19th-century brass founder’s pattern book

A rare and delightful brass founder’s pattern book, containing a cornucopia of furniture fittings, door hardware, etc., constituting a rich source of information on both practical and ornamental brass objects of the period. Among the items pictured are hinges, drawer pulls, casters, escutcheons, finials, door handles, trunk handles, latches, locks, candle holders, gun rings, clocks, […]

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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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S.P. Denison Del. / Robert A. Welcke Photo-Lith., MAP SHOWING LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE Lines AND Metallic Circuit Connections American Telephone and Telegraph Co. New York: American Telephone and Telegraph, Jan. 1, 1890.

Unrecorded 1890 map of the American Telephone and Telegraph long-distance network

A large, early and extremely rare map of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company network as of New Year’s Day 1890. American Telephone & Telegraph (later AT&T) was established in 1885 as a subsidiary of Alexander Graham Bell’s American Bell Telephone Company, with the mission of developing the first commercially-viable long-distance network. The new firm […]

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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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FREE!---These Three Great Charts—FREE! to all purchasers of the latest and most complete book LINDBERGH, THE LONE EAGLE. [New York:] World Syndicate Co., 1928.

Wonderful 1928 broadside promoting a Charles Lindbergh biography

A most appealing and extremely rare broadside promoting a celebratory biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s successful trans-Atlantic flight in May 1927 unleashed a flood of adulatory prose, including George Buchanan Fife’s Lindbergh, The Lone Eagle: His Life and Achievements, rushed into print that same year and published in New York by A.L. Burt and […]

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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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Beatles map [:] John Paul George Ringo. Liverpool: City of Liverpool Public Relations Office, [1974.]

Beatles Map of Liverpool!

An extremely rare poster-size Beatles Map highlighting The Fab Four’s many connections to Liverpool and promoting that city as a tourist destination. Rendered in the graphic style of the Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine, this pictorial map highlights areas of Liverpool where the Fab Four were born, lived, studied and performed their music. It also […]

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Louis Delton Fancher / Plampin Litho. Co. Inc., A Food Map of the United States showing the part played by each of our States in supplying the Nation’s larder. [New York:] The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., 1932.

Spectacular pictorial food map of the United States

A mammoth, vibrantly-colored and spectacular pictorial food map of the United States, published by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.—better known as A&P—to promote its carnival exhibit at the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair. The map depicts the country in outline, with each state packed with illustrations depicting its most important food products. Vermont for […]

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