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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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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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Geo. H. Walker & Co., BIRDS EYE VIEW OF CASCO BAY : PORTLAND, MAINE AND SURROUNDINGS. [Portland?] Harpswell Steamboat Company, 1906.

Lovely birds-eye view of Casco Bay promoting the Harpswell Steamboat Company

A lovely bird’s-eye view of Casco Bay issued by the Harpswell Steamboat Company, designed to demonstrate to would-be travellers the ready accessibility of the region via rail and steamer from Boston, with easy connections from there to the Maine interior and even the White Mountains.  The view depicts Casco Bay from Cape Elizabeth to Harpswell […]

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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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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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Krebs Lithographing Company, GRAF, MORSBACH & CO. WHOLESALE MANUFACTURERS OF SADDLES, HARNESS, COLLARS &c. 214 & 216 MAIN ST. OPPOSTIE NEW POST OFFICE BUILDING, CINCINNATI, O. U.S.A. We will furnish price lists upon applicaiton to the trade only. Cincinnati, ND [but ca. 1874-1890].

Rare broadside illustrating the wares of a Cincinnati manufacturer of saddles and harnesses

A most appealing and extremely rare broadside catalog promoting the products of Cincinnati saddle and harness manufacturer Graf, Morsbach & Co.  The broadside features tiny illustrations of dozens of saddles, both English and Western, many heavily ornamented with tooled leather, along with dozens more harnesses and collars, all with product numbers to facilitate ordering. The […]

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“Bargains for the Million”

A remarkable and extraordinarily rare advertising broadside combining varied typography, and whimsical illustration to remarkable effect. This marvelous broadside advertises the wares of Thomas Cunningham of Mohawk, New York, announcing “a large and well selected stock of groceries drugs and medicines, wood & willow ware, paints and oils, brooms and brushes, school books, toy books and […]

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1897 chromolithographic broadside advert for FIss, Doerr & Carroll

Handsome advertising broadside for horse dealers Fiss Doerr & Carroll

A rare and very handsome 1897 cartographic advertising broadside for Fiss, Doerr & Carroll, 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. […]

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Spectacular Lancaster, PA Traveling Museum broadside, with many cuts

A marvelous, unrecorded broadside advertising a traveling museum on tour in Pennylvania in 1832, exhibiting a mummy, a host of apparently stuffed animals, two panoramic paintings, wax figures, and other curiosities. The proprietor, John A. Landis, announces that “the Travelling Museum, consists of two houses, fixed on wheels, and so constructed that they may be […]

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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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