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[George B. Cheever] / Miles St. John [engraver] / Stereotyped by J.S. Redfield, DEACON GILES’ DISTILLERY. New York: [George Cheever], [ca. 1835].

A wacky and controversial illustrated temperance broadside telling the tale of Deacon Giles’ Distillery

Likely a unique variant of a fantastic temperance broadside that led to the author’s imprisonment for libel.  According to American National Biography, “[George B.] Cheever joined the temperance reform movement in 1833; two years later he attained national prominence with his enormously popular temperance tract, Enquire at Amos Giles’ Distillery. The essay, cast in the […]

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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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James Blaine Election of 1884 poster

Dramatic James Blaine Presidential campaign poster

A dramatic and very rare poster for the 1884 presidential campaign of Republican James Blaine against Democrat Grover Cleveland. James Blaine (1830-1893) had a long and distinguished career as a Maine congressman and senator, Secretary of State to three Presidents, and the 1884 Republican presidential nominee. This poster emphasizes his and fellow Republicans’ embrace of […]

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VOTES FOR WOMEN …. WOMEN HAVE FULL SUFFRAGE IN…. Why Not Makes Yours A White State, Too? New York: National American Woman Suffrage Association, late 1912/1913.

The push for full woman’s suffrage gathers steam in 1912-1913

Only the second known example of this broadside, ca. 1912-13, arguing for the expansion of woman’s suffrage in the United States and celebrating recent state-level victories in Arizona, Kansas, Michigan and Oregon. The focal point of the broadside is a persuasive map of the country, with each state shown in simple outline and shaded according […]

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THE WHOLE STORY IN A NUTSHELL! Harrison’s Ideas! … Cleveland’s Ideas! New York: Yale Publishing Co., 1888.

Benjamin Harrison’s 1888 presidential campaign gives The Whole Story In A Nutshell

The Whole Story In A Nutshell is a rare and striking cartographic broadside favoring Republican Benjamin Harrison’s 1888 bid for the Presidency against Democratic incumbent Grover Cleveland. The broadside features two persuasive maps of the United States, the upper with Harrison’s image superimposed, the lower with Cleveland’s. Captions on the maps and flanking columns of […]

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Spectacular Lancaster, PA Traveling Museum broadside, with many cuts

A marvelous, unrecorded broadside advertising a traveling museum on tour in Pennylvania in 1832, exhibiting a mummy, a host of apparently stuffed animals, two panoramic paintings, wax figures, and other curiosities. The proprietor, John A. Landis, announces that “the Travelling Museum, consists of two houses, fixed on wheels, and so constructed that they may be […]

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Crocker & Co., Stationers and Printers, S.F., Tucson and Tombstone Stage Co. SHORTEST, QUICKEST AND ONLY DIRECT ROUTE TO TOMBSTONE AND ARIZONA MINING DISTRICTS VIA Tucson, A.T., and intermediate Points. [Arizona Territory, ca. Sept. 1879-March 1880.]

Unique Tucson and Tombstone Stage Company broadside (1879-1880)

A remarkable broadside promoting the short-lived Tucson and Tombstone Stage Company. Indeed, this image has it all: a close connection with an important Tombstone enterprise; fantastic subject matter; attractive typography, two-color printing and effective use of illustrations; extreme rarity; and surprisingly-good condition. Background Tombstone, Arizona had its origins in the late Summer of 1877, when […]

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A death struggle between a “tyger” and a serpent

A remarkable, vivid and unrecorded broadside, in the form of a letter to Boston from an American missionary in India, giving an eyewitness account of a death struggle between a tiger and a massive snake, probably a python. With a dramatic illustration of the battle by Abel Bowen. The broadside consists of a large wood engraving […]

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