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[Bull-dozing] John H. Blose Commanding General, MY COUNTRYMEN TO ARMS… [Ohio, early 1877?]

Bull-dozing and madness in Clark County, Ohio

A spectacular, unrecorded, off-the-wall, and ultimately mysterious Reconstruction-era broadside, either communicating or satirizing the views of troubled Ohio politician John H. Blose. The broadside is signed in type “John H. Blose Commanding General.” Born in Virginia but a long-time resident of Clark County, Ohio, Blose (1838-1919) is described in the 1860 census as a miller […]

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1872 broadside W. HOWARD BROOKS & STEVENSON, MANUFACTURERS OF CAMPAIGN CAPS AND CAPES

Unrecorded broadside advertisement for political campaign regalia

A striking and unrecorded illustrated broadside for “campaign caps and capes” manufactured by the Philadelphia firm of W. Howard Brooks & Stevenson. Printed in no fewer than 12 colors during the Campaign of 1872. The broadside consists of four lines of headline type surmounting twelve wood-engraved illustrations of a model wearing campaign regalia, consisting of three […]

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Rare Civil War broadside with a propaganda map

The Republican Party fractured under the political pressures of the Civil War, and in 1864 one wing broke away, 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 […]

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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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Evan Evans / Oliver Evans / F[rancis] Shallus, Engraver No. 89 South Front St. Phil[adelphi]a, CYDER OR TOBACCO PRESS. [:] EVAN EVANS’S STRAW-CUTTERS. [:] MARS WORKS

Oliver Evans broadside promoting his cider press and other inventions

An unrecorded illustrated broadside promoting the products of the Mars Works in Philadelphia, established in 1807 by noted inventor, industrialist and author Oliver Evans (1755-1819). One of America’s great self-taught inventors and industrialists, the contributions of Oliver Evans included the design and manufacture of an automated grist mill, one of which was installed at Mount […]

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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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