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Rare broadside ad from the dawn of American rail travel

An early and very rare broadside advertisement promoting a Boston-Albany rail connection. The railroad craze came relatively early to Massachusetts. By the late 1820s a number of lines had been proposed, including the Boston & Worcester Railroad and a Western Railroad linking Worcester and Albany. Backers hoped the legislature would step in and fund the projects for the greater good. This […]

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The earliest image of police as pigs?

An unusual and very rare broadside depicting a Worcester, Massachusetts scandal and possibly featuring the earliest known image of police as pigs. The broadside depicts three policemen with pig’ ears and snouts storming into a couple’s bedroom. The astonished man stands before them in his nightshirt, presenting a document (perhaps a marriage certificate) for their inspection. […]

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Massachusetts invents gerrymandering

A rare broadside documenting the 1812 redistricting controversy in Massachusetts, and a precursor to the “Gerrymander,” one of the most infamous images in American political history. In early 1812 Massachusetts Republicans engineered a radical redistricting of their state, designed to disadvantage the Federalist majority in the upcoming state senatorial elections. It did so by spreading […]

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Wall map of Leicester Massachusetts

A lovely and richly-informative map of Leicester Massachusetts, a Worcester County mill town. Only the third example located, and in very nice, unconserved condition. Founded in 1714, Leicester citizens were involved in the early battles of the Revolution.  Thereafter it became an early participant in the American Industrial Revolution, for over a century producing some one-third of […]

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1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts

Rare 1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts

A lovely, richly-informative, and extraordinarily rare 1855 wall map of Grafton Massachusetts, an important Worcester County mill town. Woodford’s map provides a wonderfully detailed depiction of Grafton, located in Worcester County along the Quinsigamond River just west of modern-day Route 495. Incorporated in 1735, the town thrived early in the Industrial Revolution due to the […]

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BRM2607 Leominster Mass ca 1831_lowres

The first printed map of Leominster Massachusetts

A fine and extremely rare map depicting the human and natural geography of the town of Leominster in Worcester County, Massachusetts. The map provides an immensely detailed view of the town in the early 1800s, including the its boundaries, the road network, and features of the natural topography (with symbols for woodlands, and shading employed […]

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