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Ben Nason poster promoting travel to the Berkshires

A lovely travel poster featuring vivid color and an evocative graphic design of a towering oak fronting a classic New England Congregational church. This is one of several travel posters commissioned by the New Haven Railroad and first issued just before the beginning of World War II. “The New Haven was an extremely passenger oriented […]

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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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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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[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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[Columbian Exposition ] Knight, Leonard & Co, eng., Wabash Line, via Detroit, to Chicago. SHORTEST ROUTE TO THE WORLD’S FAIR CITY. Chicago: Knight, Leonard & Co., 1892.

An unrecorded Columbian Exposition promotional view

An attractive and unrecorded lithographic bird’s-eye view of the Columbian Exposition, issued to promote Wabash Line rail service from Detroit to Chicago. The view depicts the Exposition, also known as the Chicago World’s Fair, as seen looking westward from an imaginary viewpoint above Lake Michigan. If this image is any guide the Exposition was spectacular, […]

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1872 broadside W. HOWARD BROOKS & STEVENSON, MANUFACTURERS OF CAMPAIGN CAPS AND CAPES

Unrecorded broadside advertisement for political campaign regalia

A striking and unrecorded illustrated broadside for “campaign caps and capes” manufactured by the Philadelphia firm of W. Howard Brooks & Stevenson. Printed in no fewer than 12 colors during the Campaign of 1872. The broadside consists of four lines of headline type surmounting twelve wood-engraved illustrations of a model wearing campaign regalia, consisting of three […]

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NEVILLE & CO. 31 & 33 CALIFORNIA ST. SAN FRANCISCO. MANUFACTURERS, IMPORTERS, & WHOLESALE COMMISSION MERCHANTS. [San Francisco, ca. 1880-1900?]

Chromolithographic promotional for Neville and Company of San Francisco

  A spectacular chromolithographic promotional broadside for the San Francisco firm of Neville & Company, a manufacturer and distributor of bags, tents, canvas, cotton, and other cloth products.  The earliest mention I find for Neville & Company is an ad for “White Pine Tents” offered at Neville & Co.’s Flour Bag Depot, 113 Clay Street. […]

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John Finzer & Bros., Louisville, Ky., OLD HONESTY NON-PARTISAN Political Map OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWING THE Presidential Vote of 1880 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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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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Pictorial map extolling American medical science

A lively, fascinating and extremely rare pictorial map celebrating medical history in North America, published by a mid-twentieth century pharmaceutical company. The underlying map shows most of the continental United States and extends from southern Canada to central Mexico. Also shown are Panama and Cuba. The geography, however, is decidedly secondary to the medical history, […]

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