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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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Demon Rum

Unrecorded and possibly unique example of this famous illustrated broadside that led to the author’s imprisonment for libel and spawned numerous later editions, primarily in pamphlet format. “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, […]

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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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“The end cannot be doubtful”

The Republican Party fractured during the war years, and in 1864 radical Republicans established the Radical Democracy Party and nominated John C. Fremont as their presidential candidate. In response pro-Lincoln Republicans rebranded themselves as the “National Union Party” in order to facilitate a coalition with northern War Democrats. At their June 1864 convention in Baltimore […]

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“People cheered and wept with joy”

Early in its history, the Boston water supply was an entirely private affair, based on rain barrels, wells, and a spring on the Common. In the early 1800s, the primary source was Jamaica Pond, from which a wooden pipeline brought water into the city. Ultimately the Pond’s insufficient capacity and increasing pollution made it an […]

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Unrecorded broadside map of Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

A remarkable and unrecorded broadside providing one of the earliest published descriptions of Mammoth Cave, illustrated by a woodcut plan of the cave complex. Mammoth Cave was discovered in the late 18 th century, but only became a national sensation after Nahum Ward published an account of his 1816 visit. His description first appeared in the […]

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“Sparks of Patriotism” among the Hardscrabble Yeomanry

A wonderful and extremely rare broadside advertisement, carried off with great panache, for a quintessential (though obscure) American ritual that traces its origins to the early national period and to a robust American appetite for irreverent humor. “Horribles Parades,” so named because they began as parodies of the ceremonies of the iconic Ancient and Honorable […]

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