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Ricker & Murphy, Del., 162 and 164 S. Clark St. Chicago / Gazette Print, Colorado Springs, ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT—COLORADO SPRINGS GAZETTE. JANUARY 1, 1888. [:] VIEWS OF COLORADO SPRINGS, MANITOU SPRINGS AND COLORADO CITY. Colorado Springs, Jan. 1, 1888.

Three rare 1888 broadsides with views of Colorado Springs

An impressive and very rare set of broadsides issued in 1888 by the Colorado Springs Weekly Gazette, offering no fewer than 55 pictorial views of landmarks in and around the booming city. Colorado Springs began its history as the Fountain Colony, established in 1871 by Civil War hero General William Jackson Palmer along Fountain Creek […]

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Anonymous, VIOLENT STORM. Boston, October 15, 1804. Boston, [late October] 1804.

The Snow Hurricane of 1804

An unrecorded variant of an extremely rare broadside recounting the remarkable snow hurricane of 1804. The 1804 storm raged in Boston from Tuesday, October 9-Thursday, October 11, and observers were shocked by both its high winds and early-season snow: “The 1804 Snow hurricane was the first tropical cyclone in recorded history known to produce snowfall. An […]

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[On broadside:] THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH. / [on boards:] BACON’S CHART OF THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH… London: Bacon & Co., [Summer 1865?]  

Celebrating the Atlantic Telegraph

A terrific and very rare broadside, explaining and celebrating the technology of the Atlantic telegraph and the 1865 attempt to lay a second transatlantic Cable. After a number of failed attempts, in early August 1858 Cyrus Field’s Atlantic Telegraph Company succeeded in laying a cable between Ireland’s Valencia Bay and Trinity Bay in Newfoundland. The […]

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[John Binns], Some Account of the some of the Bloody Deeds OF GENERAL JACKSON. [Philadelphia, 1828.]

A rare variant “Coffin Handbill,” attacking Andrew Jackson

A vivid propaganda broadside attaching Andrew Jackson, published during the virulent presidential campaign of 1828. Background With the demise of the Federalist Party after the War of 1812, the Republicans almost inevitably began to fracture into “National” and “Radical” or “Old Republican” factions. The former advocated a more robust Federal government and attracted old Federalists […]

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JOHNNY WITH HIS FRONT AND REAR GUARD. A Dialogue on the subject of the present War… [on sheet with:] BONA AND HIS LIFE GUARD. Father Abaddon… delivering a council of war to Napoleon… NP, ND, but American ca. 1808-1812.

A bizarre and spectacular broadside from the run-up to the War of 1812

A spectacular rarity from the run-up to the War of 1812, being two broadsides printed on a single sheet, one attacking Britain and the other Napoleon. Both surmounted with large, bizarre and crudely-powerful woodcuts. During these years American relations with Britain and France were fraught in the extreme.  Locked in conflict, the two European powers sought […]

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Spectacular Old Colony Railroad broadside touting service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket

A spectacular and previously-unknown late 19th-century broadside touting Old Colony Railroad and Old Colony Steamship Company service to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. The Old Colony Railroad is not mentioned on this broadside, but the content points directly to that firm, as it dominated transportation in southeastern Massachusetts for much of the 19th century. Established in […]

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Printed by W. McAlpine and J. Fleeming, A TABLE of Simple Interest at 6 per cent. for any Sum, from one Day to a Year, calculated to a Farthing. Haverhill, July 10, 1765. Boston, 1765.

Rare broadside interest table printed in pre-Revolutionary Boston

A rare and surprisingly appealing broadside interest table printed by McAlpine and Fleeming in pre-Revolutionary Boston. A close examination reveals that the broadside features in fact three tables in one, each enabling the user to calculate simple interest down to the nearest farthing. The table at left calculates the interest on loans up to £1000 […]

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[ Profanity ] Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In the Year of our LORD, one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight. An Act to prevent profane Cursing and Swearing. [Boston: Young & Minns, 1798 (imprint supplied by Evans).]

Battling the scourge of profanity in 18th-century Massachusetts

A scarce 1798 Massachusetts broadside transmitting a new law outlawing profanity and specifying procedures for prosecution and fines to be levied upon conviction. Section I of the Act specifies progressively larger fines to be levied upon repeated instances of profanity, “one moiety of the several forfeitures, aforesaid, to be to the use of the poor […]

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Thomas Chew, Return of the Killed and Wounded on board the US Frigate Chesapeake James Lawrence Esq Captain in the Action with the British Frigate Shannon on the 1st June 1813. Aboard the Chesapeake or Shannon: June 1, 1813.

Manuscript casualty list from the USS Chesapeake’s 1813 encounter with the HMS Shannon, by the Chesapeake’s purser

The original manuscript record of the casualties on the USS Chesapeake during her June 1, 1813 defeat by the HMS Shannon. Compiled on the day of the battle and updating over the next several days. Following a challenge issued by British Captain Philip Broke, the USS Chesapeake, under Captain James Lawrence, met the HMS Shannon in a single-battle off […]

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