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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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The earliest image of police as pigs?

An unusual and very rare broadside depicting a Worcester, Massachusetts scandal and possibly featuring the earliest known image of police as pigs. The broadside depicts three policemen with pig’ ears and snouts storming into a couple’s bedroom. The astonished man stands before them in his nightshirt, presenting a document (perhaps a marriage certificate) for their inspection. […]

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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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[ 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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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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VOTES FOR WOMEN A SUCCESS [:] The Map Proves It. New York City: National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc., February, 1914.

Rare women’s suffrage handbill with an iconic persuasive map

A clever handbill arguing for the expansion of voting rights for women in the United States, using a persuasive map to highlight the expansion of suffrage across the states. The handbill features a small map of the United States, with the states shown in simple outline and shaded according to the extent of voting rights enjoyed by […]

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Old Colony Railroad broadside, "OAK BLUFFS VINEYARD HIGHLANDS, KATAMA, COTTAGE CITY MARTHA’S VINEYARD NANTUCKET. [Boston, ca. 1876-1892?]"

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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