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A rare and early map of Dover New Hampshire

An immensely detailed view of Dover New Hampshire in the early 19th century. In addition to its intrinsic rarity, this is remarkable as one of the very few printed plans of New Hampshire towns issued prior to 1850. The print consists in fact of two maps. At left is a map of the town on […]

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[Daniel Waldo?], [Account ledger containing the original Articles of Agreement as well as the accounts of shareholders of the Worcester Cotton Manufactory from 1789 to 1791 (and a few later entries for 1794).]

Worcester, Massachusetts Cotton Manufactory Company ledger for 1789-91, including Isaiah Thomas and other luminaries

A fascinating piece of early American industrial history, being the account book of the Worcester Cotton Manufactory, a short-lived venture involving eminent Worcester-County citizens such as Levi Lincoln and Isaiah Thomas. Background Soon after Independence, entrepreneurs began the first, halting attempts to bring large-scale textile manufacturing to the United States, invariably relying on British designs […]

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Very rare and early map of Pittsburgh

Only the second confirmed impression of this most important and impressive map of Pittsburgh. Situated at the head of the Ohio River and surrounded by some of America’s richest coal fields and earliest oilfields, Pittsburgh was almost ideally situated to take advantage of the Industrial Revolution and western expansion. At the turn of the 19th […]

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L. L. Ludlow C. E. Engr. [sic], MAYODAN THE TOWN SITE OF THE PIEDMONT LAND & M’F’G GO. SITUATED AT MAYO FALLS ROCKINGHAM CO. N. C. Winston, NC, ca. 1895.

Unrecorded plan for the company town of Mayodan North Carolina

An unrecorded plan for the textile mill town of Mayodan in Rockingham County, North Carolina, an early example of the migration of the textile industry from New England to lower-cost southern locales.  Mayodan was founded in the 1890s by Winston-Salem manufacturer, railroad magnate and banker Francis Henry Fries (1855-1931). After overseeing the construction of the […]

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Manuscript survey of Lancaster Mills in Clinton, Massachusetts

An accomplished map of the Lancaster Mills complex in Clinton, Massachusetts. The Lancaster Mills Corporation was founded in Lancaster, Massachusetts in 1844 by brothers Horatio and Erastus Bigelow. Horatio seems to have been the entrepreneur of the two, while Erastus was a serial inventor and an expert in process improvement and reengineering. He used his […]

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Best Grease in the World!

A charming and extremely rare broadside advertisement for Frazer’s Grease, touting its superiority to petroleum-based products. The ad depicts two horse-drawn buggies, one with a collapsed front axle and its driver complaining “Here I am broke down ! ! Axle completely worn out, and my Wagon in use only Six Months. If I EVER USE […]

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Gould Davis carriage manufacturing poster

A marvelous advertising poster for a carriage manufacturer

A very large, attractive and rare broadside advertising the products of Cincinnati, Ohio carriage manufacturer Gould, Davis & Co. The broadside features images of 21 carriages, surmounted by a view of the Davis, Gould factory and an elaborate title with ornate text and foliate decoration. The pleasing use of color, the arrangement of the carriages, and […]

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