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First boat to traverse the new Erie Canal...

Item #671464

November 05, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 5, 1825 

* Early Erie Canal

* 1st boat - ship journey

Perhaps the most notable event reported is headed: "FROM BUFFALO" which tells of the first vessel--The Seneca Chief--to traverse the new Erie Canal. Although brief, the event was quite historic.

Other news found within include an early American execution, cannibalism, a mention ... See More  

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First portion of the Erie Canal opens...

Item #671434

October 18, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore,  Oct. 18, 1823 

* The Grand Opening of the Erie Canal

Perhaps the best item in this issue is the rather lengthy & historically significant report headed: "The Erie Canal--Meeting of The Waters" which takes 7 1/2 pages to detail the opening of the first part of this famous canal. The photos show just the beginning of the text whic... See More  

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President Monroe allows for Missouri statehood...

Item #671433

March 24, 1821

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, March 24, 1821 

* President James Monroe

* Missouri statehood

"Laws of the U. States" on an inside page has a "Resolution, Providing for the Admission of Missouri into the Union on a Certain Condition" beginning: "Resolved...That Missouri shall be admitted into the union on an equal footing with the original states... upon... See More  

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President Andrew Jackson on the independence of Texas...

Item #671432

December 31, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 31, 1836 

* Texas Revolution - Independence

* President Andrew Jackson message

Pages 3 & 4 contain a message from the President to Congress headed: "United States And Texas" in which he reviews the situation in Texas and its independence. A few bits include: "...No steps have been taken by the executive towards the acknowle... See More  

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William H. Harrison is elected President...

Item #671429

November 14, 1840

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Nov. 14, 1840 

* William Henry Harrison

* 1840 election victory

Page 2 has a report headed: "Presidential Election" which begins: "Sufficient returns are received to place the result beyond all question. It is now certain that William Henry Harrison will be elected president, and John Tyler, vice president of the United States...... See More  

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Texas... Trouble on Wall Street...

Item #671428

December 14, 1844

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec. 14, 1844  The back page features a report on the "Annexation of Texas" which begins: "On the 10th instant Senator McDuffie, introduced into the United States senate joint resolutions for the annexation of Texas to the Union, corresponding with the project of the treaty for that purpose rejected at the last session  by the senat... See More  

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An imprisoned Santa Ana wants to negotiate with Andrew Jackson...

Item #671426

January 21, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Jan. 21, 1837  The back page features a lengthy letter signed by: Antonio Lopez De Santa Ana to President Andrew Jackson, in which he mentions his current imprisonment and a desire to negotiate a peace between Mexico & the United States. This is followed by the response of the President, signed in type: Andrew Jackson.

Sixteen pages, 8 1/2 by 12 inc... See More  

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The "Trail of Tears"... The new Liberty Seated dime...

Item #671425

July 29, 1837

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, July 29, 1837  The front page has an article: "Removal of  the Chickasaws" which is about the "Trail of Tears" which offers some detail including: "...They presented a handsome appearance being nearly all mounted...well dressed in their national costume...Not a drunken Indians, we believe, was seen in the company...".

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Death & funeral ceremonies of Andrew Jackson...

Item #671419

July 05, 1845

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, July 5, 1845 

* President Andrew Jackson death

Near the back are several pages on the death & funeral of President Andrew Jackson, including: "Honors to Ex-President Jackson" which begins: "At the city of Washington the funeral ceremonies were observed on the 27th...". Also: "Mr. Webster's Remarks" and "... See More  

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New weapon is created... A stowaway slave case...

Item #671418

October 15, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 15, 1836  Content includes: "Another Slave Case" concerning a runaway slave; "War In Florida" with the Indians; "The Hindoo Exhibition" and more.

The back page has: "New Weapon" with the report stating: "We have been...shown one of the most awfully destructive weapons, made by gen. Houston's orders, ... See More  

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The Rothchild family... Virginia slaves... Texas...

Item #671417

October 08, 1836

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Oct. 8, 1836  The bottom of the ftpg. has a brief report: "Mexico and Texas" which begins: "Advices...that on the 20th, gen. Urrea issued a violent proclamation against the Texians and Americans, grounded on the supposition that the United States government had acknowledged the independence of Texas & sent troops to its assistance...&q... See More  

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Last survivor of John Paul Jones' crew from the Revolutionary War...

Item #671411

December 31, 1842

NILES' NATIONAL REGISTER, Baltimore, December 31, 1842  The back page has an item: "The Last of The Crew of Paul Jones" which concern the death of Thomas Chase, the last survivor of the crew of John Paul Jones: "...when engaged with two British ships of War..." and noting his hearing was impaired: "...having been injured by the concussion by the guns...having exte... See More  

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Gallipolis, Ohio... The Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians...

Item #671376

September 21, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 21, 1816  Nearly a full page has: "Gallipolis, Ohio" which provides a brief but historic background of this community.

Two separate articles illustrate a great contrast on relationships between various Indian Tribes and the new settlers: "Chickasaw Notice" and "Huntsville, (M.T.)". The former is a letter from William ... See More  

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First rabbi to lead prayer in Congress...

Item #671374

February 02, 1860

NEW YORK HERALD, Feb. 2, 1860 

* First Rabbi to lead prayer in Congress 

* Judaica - Jewish - Jews

The front page has proceedings of the first session of the "Thirty Sixth Congress" and included is a brief but very historic account about the first time the proceedings were opened with a prayer by a rabbi.

The account headed "Impressive Address To The Throne of Grac... See More  

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Detailed history on the troubles in the Mediterranean...

Item #671333

April 27, 1816

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, April 27, 1816  The first 4 pages are almost entirely taken up with: "Naval History - Account of the Operations of the American Squadron under Commodore Decatur, Against Algiers, Tunis, and Tripoli", in their region where there had been on-going problems with piracy.

This is followed by 1 1/2 pages on: "The Mediterranean" being a det... See More  

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City Hall Park baseball... Syrian massacres...

Item #671329

October 27, 1860

THE NEW YORK TIMES, October 27, 1860

* Baseball games in New York's City Hall Park causing strife

* The Billiard Tournament at Lynch's Billiard Rooms

* Syrian Massacres

The front page has news from Europe telling of Syrian massacres. A backpage report gives details regarding a Billiards Tournament at Lynch's Billiard Rooms at Union Square (with mention of the famous match betwe... See More  

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Launch of the Merrimac...

Item #671293

July 14, 1855

BALLOU'S PICTORIAL, Boston, July 14, 1855 

* USS Merrimack launching

* CSS Virginia ironclad warship fame

* Battle of Hampton Roads fame

The front page has a nice print captioned: "Launch of the U.S. Steamer Merrimac..." with a related article. This was the ship that would letter be refitted to become the ironclad ship in the Confederate navy and would engage the Monitor... See More  

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The Monroe Doctrine...

Item #671287

December 06, 1823

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Dec.  6, 1823 

* The complete Monroe Doctrine

* United States foreign policy

An inside page has the "President's Message" being James Monroe's annual address to Congress. Part of his message contains the historic language warning European powers not to get involved in any affairs in the western hemisphere. This direc
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Great item on Dickinson College in Carlisle...

Item #671278

February 25, 1803

GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, Feb. 25, 1803 

* Very early Dickinson College

* Advertisement for admission

The back page has a terrific & quite detailed notice headed: "DICKINSON COLLEGE" which details the stringent requirements of the students, and that: "...trustees & professors are equally solicitous that the seminary should be placed on a respect... See More  

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Rare period print of the yacht America after having just won the famous race...

Item #671223

October 25, 1851

THE SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 25, 1851 

* 1st America's Cup race

* Schooner Yacht "America"

The front page features a nice print of the yacht: "The America", which to our knowledge is the only period print of the racing yacht America having just won the historic race against 14 other competitors. A similar print appears is the Illus. London News ... See More  

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The Henry Clay monument which was never built...

Item #671155

September 08, 1855

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 8, 1855  The ftpg. has a print and article on: "The New Clay Monument, Lexington, Kentucky" but it is not the version which was ultimately dedicated two years later. This version is much more elaborate than that which can be visited today.

Four pages, very large size, folded 3 times with wear at the folds. The folder size noted is for the ... See More  

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Constitution for the new state of Alabama...

Item #671062

September 18, 1819

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, A consecutive pair of issues dated Sept. 18 and 25, 1819 

* New state of Alabama Constitution

Typically, prior to formally becoming a state of the union a territorial government needs to create and approve a Constitution that would not be in conflict with the federal Constitution.

Printed in these two issues in its entirety is the "Constituti... See More  

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Electoral votes counted: Monroe the winner...

Item #671038

February 19, 1817

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston,  Feb. 19, 1817 

* President James Monroe

* Presidential election win

A page 2 report datelined "Washington, Feb. 13, 1817" reports: "According to the provisions of the Constitution, the votes given by the Electors...were yesterday the presence of the Senators and Representatives in Congress, and it was officially proclaimed b... See More  

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Latest information from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671007

March 24, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 24, 1849  Page 3 has: "The Gold Region" with the latest from the California gold rush. A few bits include: "...Emigrants were flocking in by the next August 1200,000 persons would have entered California...almost every one not engaged in gold digging was preparing to go to the mines in the Spring...At San Francisco real ... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671005

October 20, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Oct. 20, 1849  Page 2 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...The Sacramento still yields a good dividend of something like ten to fifteen dollars a day to all industrious laborers...The Feather River, where the finest gold has been found, is yet a favorite stream among the diggers...About 3,000 persons are now engag... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671004

September 29, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 29, 1849  Page 2 has: "California" with the latest news, bits including: "...has been one of the fortunate 'hunters' having accumulated during his short sojourn in California between 11,000 and 12,000 dollars worth of the 'stuff'...".

Much more on the gold rush with subheads: "The Climate and Soil" "... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #671003

September 22, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 22, 1849 

* California Gold Rush

* 49ers - mining - miners

Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...The Empire City brings over $600,000 in species and gold dust...An attack had been made by a party of rowdy Americans in San Francisco...emigrants from Missouri...are now arriving daily...In the gold... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush... Lake Pontchartrain...

Item #671002

September 01, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 1, 1849  Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: " is to be obtained only by hard labor, in large quantities. I saw a number who came from the 'diggins' with from two to three thousand dollars and a ruined constitution from exposure and an unhealthy climate. Labor is uncommonly high...Sailors ... See More  

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Early and rare from Florida... Much on the Mexican War...

Item #670999

May 22, 1847

THE FLORIDIAN, Tallahassee, Florida, May 22, 1847 

* Rare pre-Civil War title

* Mexican War

Nineteenth century newspapers from Florida are uncommon, particularly those from before the Civil War. Here is such an issue from the capital city of Florida, six years before the Civil War.

Over half of the ftpg. is taken up with reports from Congress including several Acts, Proclamations and ... See More  

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Creating a Jewish city in the Niagara River...

Item #670985

September 24, 1825

NILES' WEEKLY REGISTER, Baltimore, Sept. 24, 1825 

* Jewish city creation

* Grand Island, New York

* Niagara River

One of the articles on an inside page reads in its entirety: "The ceremony of laying the corner stone, of what is to be a city of the Jews, on Grand Island, N.Y. took place on the 14th instant, and Mr. Noah, editor of the New York National Advocate, governor and ... See More  

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Latest from the California Gold Rush...

Item #670931

July 28, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, July 28, 1849  Page 3 has: "From California" with the latest news, bits including: "...New towns were being laid out in different spots around the bay & building lots, in wilderness sites, were selling from $1500 to $2000 each...San Francisco was full of people & it is not an uncommon thing for 20 to 30 individuals to occupy one smal... See More  

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News from the gold fields in California... Death of President Polk...

Item #670929

June 23, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, June 23, 1849 

* California Gold Rush

* James K. Polk death

Page 2 has a half column article headed: "Letter From The Diggings" with a dateline from "Valley of the Sacramento". It is a fine, first-hand letter of the situation concerning the gold diggings.

Page 2 also has a black-bordered report: "Death Of Mr. Polk" whi... See More  

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How gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill...

Item #670927

March 17, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, March 17, 1849 

* 1st discovery of gold in California account

* Sutter's Mill & James W. Marshall

Page 3 has a great article headed: "Interesting Account Of How the Gold Was Discovered in California". This is an interesting article, prefaced with: "...We extract the account they received from Capt. Sutter, the owner of the m... See More  

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Much on the California gold rush...

Item #670926

February 03, 1849

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 1849  The top of page 3 has a column headed: "Mode Of Extracting Gold From the Ore"  being a timely article given the recent discovery of gold in Calif. But the article begins with: "...The metallic grains found in the sands of rivers in California do not require to be subjected to a metallurgic process."

Page 3 begins wit... See More  

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America is about to declare war...

Item #670877

June 03, 1812

COLUMBIAN CENTINEL, Boston, June 3, 1812 

* Declaration of war close

* War of 1812 to begin

Page 2 has a notable report headed: "War with England!" stating: "A letter has been received in town from a Senator of the United States, dated May 28th, which says, The Committee of the Senate on Foreign Affairs have agreed unanimously [Mr. Lloyd being absent] to recommend a Dec... See More  

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24 issues of the Saturday Evening Post...

Item #670855

January 02, 1848

(24) SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, a mixed lot of 24 issues from when this famous title was a large-size (24 by 31 inches) newspaper, not a magazine. Dates included are 1848 & 1850 through 1856, all 2nd rate or damaged condition due to fold wear, some stains, tears, etc. All were folded 3 times.

An interesting mix of news reports of the day, literary items, ads, etc., with a nice engra... See More  
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Harriett Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin...

Item #670832

November 11, 1852

THE NATIONAL ERA, Washington, D.C., Nov. 11, 1852 

* Uncle Tom's Cabin

This newspaper is forever linked to the best-selling novel of the 19th century: "Uncle Tom's Cabin", for the book was originally released as a 40 week serial in this anti-slavery newspaper beginning in June, 1851. It was the newspaper's publisher who encouraged Stowe to produce the work in book... See More  

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Terrific, early views of San Francisco and Sacramento...

Item #670760

November 29, 1851

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Nov. 29, 1851 

* Early San Francisco city view print 

* California gold rush era & Sacramento

The front page has a great & very early: "View Of San Francisco From the Foot of Telegraph Hill" with a related article on the city which: "...has now a population of about 40,000, with over 100 miles of streets laid out..."... See More  

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The "fever" for California gold has begun...

Item #670739

September 30, 1848

SATURDAY EVENING POST, Philadelphia, Sept. 30, 1848 

* California Gold Rush

* 49ers - mining - miners

Page 2 has a nice report headed: "The Gold Region" with bits including: "...accounts heretofore received of he existence of gold on the borders of various rivers in California and the made excitement that prevails in all that region to share in the spoils...sailors, prin... See More  

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Yacht club bans the slaver Wanderer...

Item #670668

February 08, 1859

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Feb. 8, 1859

* The Wanderer (slave ship)

* New York Yacht Club bans her

Page 4 has a article with small heading: "The Wanderer And The New York Yacht Club" (see)

Other news of the day. Eight pages, very minor margin wear, nice condition.

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SS Great Eastern maiden voyage...

Item #670439

September 22, 1859

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, September 22, 1859

* SS Great Eastern

* Maiden voyage

The front page has an article headed: "Trial Trip Of the Great Eastern" "Perfect Success of the Experiment" "She is Pronounced to be the Fastest Vessel in the World" and more. A printing flaw slightly affects the first heading here. (see)

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, ni... See More  

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SS Austria sinking disaster...

Item #670413

September 30, 1858

NEW YORK DAILY TIMES, September 30, 1858

* SS Austria steamship sinking

The front page has an article headed: "The Burning Of The Austria" "Full Particulars Of The Disaster" and more. (see) Lengthy text takes up the entire front page and more.

Other news of the day. Complete in 8 pages, some areas of light toning, a few small archival mends on page 2, generally in good c... See More  

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Very early Charleston...

Item #670041

February 11, 1803

CHARLESTON COURIER, South Carolina, Feb. 11, 1803  A volume I issue  (number 29) of this famous title from the South. Various news of the day and a wealth of ads. Page 2 has a letter: "To The President - Letter II".

Four pages, spotted foxing, a bit irregular at the spine, nice condition.

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Early and rather famous sporting-themed newspaper...

Item #670015

March 19, 1859

NEW YORK CLIPPER, March 19, 1859  An early sports-themed newspaper with an ornate masthead featuring engravings showing cricket, sailing, boxing, and horse racing.

The front page features a full-figure print of: "Harry Ellis, A Celebrated Canadian Pigeon Shooter". Inside has reports on various sports including: "The Ring" "The Trigger" "Sparring" "... See More  

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This historic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Newfoundland...

Item #669909

June 23, 1849

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, June 23, 1849  Amongst the many interesting prints perhaps the most notable would be that of the: "New Cathedral of St. John, Newfoundland". The same page has a related article on its on-going construction.

Wikipedia notes that construction began in 1847 and would not be completed until 1885.

Note that the print of the cathedral in Wikipedia i... See More  

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Rare prints of the Astor Place Riot...

Item #669908

May 12, 1849

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, May 12, 1849  Amongst the many interesting prints the most notable would be the front page print: "Riot at the Astor Place Opera House, New York" with 3 more related prints inside. There is much text on the riot as well.

As Wikipedia notes: "The Astor Place Riot occurred on May 10, 1849, at the now-demolished Astor Opera House and left bet... See More  

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The historic Fredericton Cathedral, New Brunswick...

Item #669906

April 28, 1849

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, April 28, 1849  Amongst the many interesting prints within perhaps the most notable is the print of: "Fredericton Cathedral, New Brunswick" which has a related article: "The Cathedral, Fredericton, New Brunswick, North America".

Not only does this cathedral still stand, it is a National Historic Site of Canada. According to the Histor... See More  

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A settler's hut in Australia...

Item #669905

March 17, 1849

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, March 17, 1849  Amongst the many interesting prints perhaps the best are the two commanding the back page, showing: "Settler's Hut, In Australia" and: "Interior of Settler's Hut In Australia". The balance of the page is taken up with a nice article on it headed: "Australian Hut".

Sixteen pages, archival mend on page ... See More  

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The first bridge to span Niagara Falls...

Item #669904

February 17, 1849

ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Feb. 17, 1849  The most interesting print is a nearly half page view captioned:: "Construction Of The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge--Basket Ferry & Temporary Towers". This was the very first bridge over Niagara Falls, this print showing the early stages of the construction showing the: "...basket ferry and temporary towers". This pri... See More  

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Emigrants from England to Australia...

Item #669903

January 20, 1849

THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, England, Jan. 20, 1849  The front page shows: "The Islington New Market". Inside has 4 prints on the: "Gold Mine In Brazil".

Perhaps the best prints are the five showing: "Scenes On Board an Australian Emigrant Ship" with related text, all taking two pages.

Sixteen pages, very nice condition.

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