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Folio views from Harper's Weekly (1880-1891)

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Harper's Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In weekly issues, Harper's presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of nineteenth-century America. With photographs in a primitive stage, and no television, it is through these illustrations that much of the country got its visual information about the events, personalities and places of the time. These illustrations are also among the few sources we have today for 19th century activities, events et al. Major artists were employed to do drawings on the spot, which were then turned into lively and detailed prints in an amazingly short period of time. While originally issued in large numbers, few have survived in good condition. These are interesting, historical and very collectible prints.

Mask Ball, New York Academy of Music C.S. Reinhart. "The Mask Ball at the New York Academy of Music." January 24, 1880. $40

The Lebanon Club Snyder. "The Lebanon Club -- New York Working-Men's Coffee-House." January 24, 1880. $50

High Bridge, Harlem River W.A. Rogers. "At High Bridge, Harlem River --- 'All Aboard!'" July 24, 1880. $45

Cortlandt Street Ferry Granville Perkins. "New York from a Cortlandt Street Ferry-Boat, Jersey Side." October 2, 1880. $40

Bridges over Harlem River "Bridges over Harlem River." Ten bridges identified: from Hudson River Railroad Bridge to the Suburban Rapid Transit and Foot Bridge (as projected to appear once completed). September 18, 1882. $85

Streets after a Snow Storm George Inness, Jun. "The Streets of New York After a Snow-Storm." January 12, 1884. $50

NY Produce Exchange Schell & Hogan. "The New York Produce Exchange Building." May 3, 1884. $55

Wall Street Bank Hughson Hawley. "A New Wall Street Bank Building." January 31, 1885. $75

New York Athletic Club W.T. Smedley. "The New York Athletic Club, Opened February 5, 1885." February 14, 1885. $50

Police Civil Service Exam W.P. Snyder. "Civil Service Examination for the New York Police." January 16, 1886. $50

Setters and Pointers at the Dog Show J.M. Tracy. "Some Setters and Pointers at the Dog Show." May 8, 1886. 11 3/4 x 9 1/4. $60

The Rhinoceros Bombe F.S. Church. "The Rhinoceros Bombe." May 8, 1886. 9 x 13 3/4. $55

Three New Buildings for Brooklyn Hughson Hawley. "Three New Buildings for Brooklyn." August 9, 1890. $65

King Garbage Reigns W.A. Rogers. "King Garbage Reigns." February 7, 1891. $40

Home for Aged Hebrews W.A. Rogers. "A Home for Aged Hebrews, New York." September 5, 1891. $50


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