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STAR OF THE WEST [:] GRAND AERIAL VOYAGE FROM CINCINNATI TO THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. [Cincinnati, April-May 1835.]

Richard Clayton attempts a “Grand Aerial Voyage”

A spectacular rarity of early American aviation, this extremely rare 1835 broadside promotes the attempt by Richard Clayton to fly his balloon Star of the West from Cincinnati, Ohio to the Atlantic. Clayton was born in England in 1807 or 1811 and emigrated to the United States in the early 1830s, setting up shop in […]

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Know Thyself! Lectures on Phrenology by Dr. J. P. M’Lean at [blank] on the Evening of [blank.] Subjects: How to Read Character Scientifically; Including the Physical, Social, Moral, and Intellectual Development of the Race. Public Examinations at the Close of Each Lecture. [New York]: Office of the “Phrenological Journal,” 389 Broadway. S. R. Wells, Publisher, [c. 1870].

Mammoth phrenology broadside

A large and impressive illustrated broadside issued by one of the leading publishers of phrenological material, designed for the use of those organizing public lectures on the subject of phrenology and likely part of the publisher’s campaign to sell copies of a book on the subject. Appearing at the top of the broadside is the […]

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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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Slave Market of America abolition broadside

Powerful abolition broadside

A remarkable illustrated broadside highlighting the hypocrisy of the Washington, D.C. slave trade, published during a campaign for abolition in the national capital. The broadside features eight scenes of slaving activity in the national capital plus a small map showing the relative positions of the U.S. Capitol and the Public Prison.  The images are complemented […]

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Votes for Women a Success [:] The Map Proves It[.] New York: National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, [ca. 1914-15.]

Votes for Women a Success!

An unrecorded handbill issued during the nationwide campaign for the 19th Amendment. With a simple-but-effective persuasive map of the status of women’s voting rights across the country, making effective use of color to suggest that states denying women the vote are mired in darkness and ignorance. By 1900 only four states (beginning with Wyoming in […]

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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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FREE!---These Three Great Charts—FREE! to all purchasers of the latest and most complete book LINDBERGH, THE LONE EAGLE. [New York:] World Syndicate Co., 1928.

Wonderful 1928 broadside promoting a Charles Lindbergh biography

A most appealing and extremely rare broadside promoting a celebratory biography of aviator Charles Lindbergh. Lindbergh’s successful trans-Atlantic flight in May 1927 unleashed a flood of adulatory prose, including George Buchanan Fife’s Lindbergh, The Lone Eagle: His Life and Achievements, rushed into print that same year and published in New York by A.L. Burt and […]

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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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NEVILLE & CO. 31 & 33 CALIFORNIA ST. SAN FRANCISCO. MANUFACTURERS, IMPORTERS, & WHOLESALE COMMISSION MERCHANTS. [San Francisco, ca. 1880-1900?]

Chromolithographic promotional for Neville and Company of San Francisco

  A spectacular chromolithographic promotional broadside for the San Francisco firm of Neville & Company, a manufacturer and distributor of bags, tents, canvas, cotton, and other cloth products.  The earliest mention I find for Neville & Company is an ad for “White Pine Tents” offered at Neville & Co.’s Flour Bag Depot, 113 Clay Street. […]

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An interesting “persuasive map” on an 1864 National Union Party broadside

A broadside issued in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln’s National Union Party, featuring an interesting persuasive map showing the progress of the Union Army since 1861. The Republican Party fractured during the Civil War, with one wing breaking away in 1864 to establish the Radical Democracy Party with John C. Fremont as its presidential candidate. In […]

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