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A spectacular chromolithographic temperance poster

A spectacular chromolithographic poster illustrating the baneful effects of alcohol and tobacco, issued just as the Temperance movement was nearing its apogee. This colorful piece of work is in essence a pictorial table, with four columns of images illustrating the exterior appearance and internal organs of, from left to right, “The Healthy,” “The moderate drinker,” […]

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Ralph Carlyle Prather / Smith-Brooks Printing Co., PRATHER’S AERIAL VIEW OF DENVER MOUNTAIN PARKS AND MT. EVANS REGION. Denver: Ralph Carlyle Prather, 1922.

Ralph Carlyle Prather 1922 view of Rocky Mountain National Park

A rare and striking 1922 Ralph Carlyle Prather bird’s-eye view of the Rocky Mountain National Park as seen looking west from an imaginary viewpoint above the town of Estes Park (elev. 7547’), with 14,255-foot Long’s Peak looming in the background. This remarkable image was produced to capitalize on the region’s emerging tourist economy, catalyzed in […]

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George H. Walker 1903 Lake Winnipesaukee

Birds-eye view of Lake Winnipesaukee

A lovely example of this well-known 1903 bird’s-eye view of Lake Winnipesaukee, unusual for being in vibrant chromolithographic color on heavy paper. By 1903 the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire had become major tourist destinations, with a well-developed network of rail links and hotels. Accompanying this development was a rich literature and […]

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The Rompo Frolique at Lookout Mountain

Lookout Mountain and the Rompo Frolique

A spectacular 1890s chromolithographic advertising poster promoting the “Rompo Frolique,” a massive roller coaster proposed for Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. Lookout Mountain is a long ridge straddling the border of Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee, with its northern end holding a commanding view of Chattanooga and the Tennessee River. In 1863 it was the site of the […]

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A desirable McLoughlin Brothers puzzle, with original box

A lovely chromolithograph jigsaw puzzle depicting the City of Worcester, a paddle steamboat that plied the Long Island Sound between New London and New York City. The City of Worcester was one of several boats operated by the Norwich and New York Transportation Company, which “…was organized under the general act in 1860…. This company […]

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1897 Nickel Plate Road promotional Alaska map

An unrecorded Klondike Gold Rush promotional map

A striking and unrecorded 1897 map of Alaska, issued by an eastern railroad attempting to cash in on gold fever at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush. Owned in partnership with James Arsenault & Company. The map embraces Alaska, the westernmost portion of the North West Territory (including what would become Yukon Territory the […]

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The Yacht Race Game. New York: McLoughlin Bros, ca. 1887.

The Yacht Race Game, by the McLoughlin Bros.

A wonderful McLoughlin Bros. game “played with yachts, on a course modeled after that of the New York Yacht Club.” The game features terrific chromolithographic graphics, including a cartographic playing board depicting New York Harbor, from Sandy Hook to the southern tip of Manhattan. Brooklyn and Coney Island are prominently shown, as is the Brooklyn […]

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Delightful chromolithographic Burlington Line promotional

A wonderful chromolithographic Burlington Line promotional poster touting rail travel between Chicago, Denver, Ogden (Utah) and San Francisco. The broadside promotes travel from Chicago to Denver on the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad’s “Burlington Route,” with connections to Ogden, Utah via the Denver & Rio Grande and on to San Francisco via the Central Pacific. […]

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Suite of chromos documenting the cutting down of Beacon Hill

With their focus on the epic process of filling in Boston’s many coves and inlets, most discussions of the history of the city’s topographical history are, literally speaking, two dimensional. Often neglected is the tale of the city’s vertical diminishment through the cutting down of the three-peaked ridge (the “Tremontane”) that once bisected the Shawmut […]

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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 […]

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