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1913 George Ring Great Dayton Flood

The Great Dayton Flood of 1913

A striking and extremely rare 1913 chromolithographic view of the Great Dayton Flood during which water and fire laid waste to much of downtown Dayton, Ohio. The worst natural disaster in Ohio history, the Great Dayton Flood was caused by a series of heavy rainstorms in March 1913. After several days of rain, on March […]

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Vibrant 1882 chromo of Boston’s New England Fair building

A lovely chromolithographic view of the so-called New England Fair, the exhibition building of the New England Manufacturers and Mechanics Institute. Extremely rare in any form, but particularly unusual for being a publisher’s mockup, with extensive material in manuscript. In 1881 the building was the site of the first exhibition of the Institute, which organization […]

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Dodd, RAMBLES THROUGH OUR COUNTRY. AN INSTRUCTIVE GEOGRAPHICAL GAME FOR THE YOUNG. Hartford: American Publishing Company, 1881 or a bit later.

Rambles Through Our Country … a spectacular pictorial map of the United States

An early and spectacular example of American pictorial mapping, Rambles through Our Country is a simple educational game requiring players to complete a “grand tour” of the United States. The game is played on a board featuring a spectacular chromolithographic map of the United States. The map bears 200 numbered stations beginning with Hartford—where the […]

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Bruno / Imp. Paul Dupont, LIRE LA BASTILLE Journal Hebdomadaire Illustré ANTIMAÇONNIQUE [“Read La Bastille, the Illustrated Weekly Anti-Masonic Newspaper”]. Paris: [Paul] Copin-Albancelli, ND [but ca. 1906].

Octopus map reflecting French anti-Semitism at the turn of the 20th century

A spectacular albeit noxious French persuasive map using the octopus motif to promote anti-Semitism and anti-Freemasonry. As in other European nations, French anti-Semitism has a long history, most famously manifesting itself in the Dreyfus Affair of the 1890s and collaboration with Nazi deportation of Jews during the Second World War. In the public mind, Jews were […]

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International Stock Food Co., INTERNATIONAL POULTRY FOOD. Minneapolis, Minn., [ca. 1900].

Spectacular chromolithographic advert for International Poultry Food

A charming chromolithographic poster promoting the virtues of International Poultry Food, an avian superfood that “makes chicks grow rapidly and prevents disease” and is “the greatest known egg producer.” The image features a content and robust hen surrounded by dozens of healthy-looking chicks and a cheerfully-packaged box of the product. International Poultry Food was a […]

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[Joseph Ferdinand] Keppler, THE SIREN SONG OF PARTISANSHIP. THE OLD STUFF DOESN’T GO ANY MORE. New York: Keppler & Schwarzmann, [June, 1, 1910].

Spectacular Puck cartoon skewering the era’s political partisanship

A striking 1910 chromolithographic political cartoon from Puck magazine, skewering political partisanship by skillfully deploying not one but two metaphors, the “ship of state” and the “Sirens’ song”. “Illustration shows a galley labeled “Government Of, By, and For the People” sailing past rocks labeled “Bossism” where other ships have wrecked, drawn by “Party Solidarity” sung […]

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Litografia Francesco Casanova e Figlio, Questione Ispano-Americana – ossia – Armistizio, Guerra, Pace – ovvero – Come finirà? Bologna, 1898.

Italian political satire on the looming Spanish-American War

A striking political cartoon from the Bolognese journal La Rana, probably issued in early 1898 as tensions between Spain and the United States were coming to a head. Spain, astride a bull and holding her “little king” in her left arm, charges at America, in the guise of a beautiful young woman wearing a liberty […]

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A spectacular Temperance Map illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco

A mammoth and very rare chromolithographic “Temperance Map” illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued near the apogee of the Temperance movement.  Most “temperance maps” with which I am familiar are allegorical in nature, depicting a poor sinner’s journey through an imaginary landscape. By contrast, this arresting image is meant to be taken […]

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