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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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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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[ Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad ] R[obert] M[acfarlane] Chapin, Jr., C AND O FOR PROGRESS. [New York, ca. 1947-1972.]

Striking Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad map by Robert M. Chapin

A rare and appealing promotional map for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad by innovative mapmaker Robert McFarlane Chapin. The map uses a striking bird’s-eye perspective, characteristic of much of Chapin’s work, to depict the Railroad’s network in the Middle Atlantic and Midwestern States. Tiny vignettes indicate major cities, as well as the Appalachian coal mines […]

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Gould Davis carriage manufacturing poster

A marvelous advertising poster for a carriage manufacturer

A very large, attractive and rare broadside advertising the products of Cincinnati, Ohio carriage manufacturer Gould, Davis & Co. The broadside features images of 21 carriages, surmounted by a view of the Davis, Gould factory and an elaborate title with ornate text and foliate decoration. The pleasing use of color, the arrangement of the carriages, and […]

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A spectacular paint-specimen broadside

This amazing broadside is a far more ornate and attractive version of marketing collateral that could be found today in any Home Depot or Lowe’s. It features nine vignettes of Victorian homes, set against a complex background of foliate and geometric elements. The vignettes are arranged in a rosette pattern, with eight identical homes radiating […]

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W. Mackwitz Sc. St. Louis / Trowbridge & Petford Des. Chi[cago] / “Printed in Our Own Advertising Department”, NICKNAMES OF THE STATES. Decatur, IL: H. W. Hill & Co., 1884.

Nicknames of the States … a porcine promotional by H. W. Hill & Co.

A colorful, clever, appealing and very rare cartographic promotional, published in 1884 by H.W. Hill & Co., the nation’s largest supplier of triangular hog rings, with which breeders pierced hogs’ snouts to deter their natural instinct for rooting. The rings are still manufactured today, but for more pedestrian uses such as fastening portions of wire […]

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Evan Evans / Oliver Evans / F[rancis] Shallus, Engraver No. 89 South Front St. Phil[adelphi]a, CYDER OR TOBACCO PRESS. [:] EVAN EVANS’S STRAW-CUTTERS. [:] MARS WORKS

Oliver Evans broadside promoting his cider press and other inventions

An unrecorded illustrated broadside promoting the products of the Mars Works in Philadelphia, established in 1807 by noted inventor, industrialist and author Oliver Evans (1755-1819). One of America’s great self-taught inventors and industrialists, the contributions of Oliver Evans included the design and manufacture of an automated grist mill, one of which was installed at Mount […]

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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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Printed by Sir Joseph Causton & Sons, Limited, MAP of CENTRAL AND SOUTH AFRICA. London: Published by Authority at the Offices of “South Africa”, 1941.

Decorative map of southern Africa in the late Colonial era

A large, decorative and enthusiastic 1941 map of southern Africa, reflecting both the sensibilities and the hard political realities of the late-Colonial era. The map depicts Africa below 1° north latitude, with territories color-coded according to the colonizing or controlling European power—pink for the Union of South Africa and Rhodesia; green for Portuguese Mozambique and […]

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Crocker & Co., Stationers and Printers, S.F., Tucson and Tombstone Stage Co. SHORTEST, QUICKEST AND ONLY DIRECT ROUTE TO TOMBSTONE AND ARIZONA MINING DISTRICTS VIA Tucson, A.T., and intermediate Points. [Arizona Territory, ca. Sept. 1879-March 1880.]

Unique Tucson and Tombstone Stage Company broadside (1879-1880)

A remarkable broadside promoting the short-lived Tucson and Tombstone Stage Company. Indeed, this image has it all: a close connection with an important Tombstone enterprise; fantastic subject matter; attractive typography, two-color printing and effective use of illustrations; extreme rarity; and surprisingly-good condition. Background Tombstone, Arizona had its origins in the late Summer of 1877, when […]

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