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Times Steam Job Office, Cincinnati Weekly Times A NATIONAL NEWSPAPER Adapted to the Wants of the People of the United States. Cincinnati: Times Company, [1873].

Spectacular broadside advert for the Cincinnati Weekly Times

A spectacular and unrecorded four-color broadside issued in 1873 by the Cincinnati Weekly Times, using patriotic imagery to promote its ambitions as “A National Newspaper.”  The broadside touts the Times as “a national paper adapted to the wants of the people of all the United States.” It emphasizes the point with a variety of patriotic […]

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Printed by John Poulson, Approaching Solar Eclipse. Philadelphia, [June 1806].

Rare American broadside predicting the solar eclipse of June 16, 1806

An impressive 1806 astronomical broadside alerting Philadelphia-area residents to an upcoming solar eclipse, illustrated by a large woodcut diagram. Viewers in Philadelphia experienced the eclipse as only partial, though their compatriots in parts of New England and New York were treated to a “total obscuration of the solar disk”. Printed by newspaper publisher John Poulson […]

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1863 Progress of the Union Armies broadside

1863 propaganda broadside with map of Progress of the Union Armies

A powerful 1863 broadside marshaling recent events, statistics and a striking persuasive map to demonstrate recent progress of the Union armies in the field and forcefully rebut Copperhead attacks on the Union war effort. This broadside was probably issued at a high point for the Union in the late Summer of 1863, following among other […]

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Broadside celebrating the Transatlantic Cable

A terrific and very rare broadside celebrating the technology of the submarine telegraph and the laying of the second Transatlantic Cable in 1866. After a number of failed attempts, in early August 1858 Cyrus Field’s Atlantic Telegraph Company finished laying the first transatlantic cable between Ireland’s Valencia Bay and Trinity Bay in Newfoundland. The first […]

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Handsome cartographic advertising broadside

A rare and very handsome cartographic advertising broadside for the self-proclaimed “largest horse dealers in the world,” executed by the era’s foremost printer of chromolithographic maps. The firm of Fiss, Doerr & Carroll was formed in 1896 by the merger of horse dealers Fiss & Doerr and Carroll & Connelly. In an 1897 interview with the […]

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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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