Posted on


9 results, ordered by Publication Date

Items Available for purchase

The Frank Pavlicek Co., MAPA CESKO NARODNIHO HRBITOVA. Chicago, 1902.

Unrecorded plan of the Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago

A very rare 1902 Czech-language plan of the Bohemian National Cemetery on the North Side of Chicago. The Cemetery, located at 5255 North Pulaski, was established to serve the Czech community in 1877.  Apparently this community was outraged when a Czech Catholic woman named Marie Silhanek was denied burial at several Catholic cemeteries in town because […]

$1,250
View Details

Items No longer available

Unrecorded railroad promotional

An unusual and unrecorded railroad promotional, probably separately issued. This unusual promotional features three maps “stacked” one above the other, each depicting a different rail line linking Chicago with the Union Pacific Railroad at Council Bluffs. To the right of the maps are engraved portraits of Union generals Grant, Sherman and Sheridan. The verso bears several […]

Out of Stock
View Details

A terrific Chicago “cartifact”

A rare and unusual cane and map prepared in 1893 for the Chicago World`s Fair or, as it is better known, the 1893 Columbian Exposition. This is the earliest known example of a cane map. The genre was invented by the Columbian Novelty Company and, as the map itself notes, the patent was still pending when […]

Out of Stock
View Details

Stunning chromo broadside for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad

A spectacular and very rare display broadside, touting the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific line and its connections with the newly-completed transcontinental railroad. The Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was formed in 1866 through the merger of the Chicago & Rock Island and Mississippi & Missouri Railroads. Just three years later the Union Pacific and […]

Out of Stock
View Details
[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, […]

Out of Stock
View Details
Rare 1898 bird's-eye view of Chicago

Magnificent bird’s-eye view of Downtown Chicago

A large, spectacular, minutely-detailed, and very rare view of Downtown Chicago as seen looking westward from an imaginary point over Lake Michigan.   The view extends as far north as Erie Street, south to 16th, and west to Halsted and depicts Chicago in minute detail: Every window, arch, skylight, chimney and other significant feature of […]

Out of Stock
View Details

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 […]

Out of Stock
View Details
Frederic M. Thrasher, THE GANG[:] A Study of 1,313 Gangs in Chicago. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1927 (3rd impression, 1929).

Mapping Chicago’s youth gangs during the Roaring Twenties

Sociologist Frederic Thrasher’s remarkable work documenting the distribution of youth gangs in Chicago, with a striking thematic map of the city. Thrasher’s concern in The Gang was not primarily with “The Mob” of Al Capone, but rather aggregations of second-generation immigrant children who evolved from “play groups” into youth gangs on the order of the […]

Out of Stock
View Details