Auction 124, Lot 428

"Anchor Line Ocean Steamers Sail Every Wednesday & Saturday Ireland and America", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Ireland

Period: 1873 (dated)


Color: Printed Color

6.3 x 7.5 inches
16 x 19.1 cm

A fascinating piece of ephemeral advertising designed to entice the Irish to emigrate to America. The map "Station Map of the Railways in Ireland…" is topped with an admonition to Preserve this Valuable Map! The map (6.3 x 7.5") shows good detail at a scale of 40 miles per inch. Drawn by D. Appleton of New York it has a line across the country to differentiate two different routes needed to arrive at the disembarkation point. The extensive Rates of Fare lists over 300 towns with the exact fare to Derry, Glasgow and Queenstown. Several panels describe the numerous cabins: Saloons, Cabin, Intermediate Passengers, Steerages, plus information on baggage allowance. Three panels are dedicated to selling Anchor Line as the best way to travel to America. On one panel the Anchor Line Steamers logo is displayed within a three-leaf clover of kelly green, topped with the slogan Erin go Bragh, an Anglicization of Gaelic that roughly translates to "Ireland forever." It is also the name of a ship that sailed from Liverpool to Queensland, Australia in 1862. Filled with Irish emigrants, it had the dubious honor of making the longest crossing for that route, resulting in many lives lost. The pamphlet mentions several times that there is abundant fresh water and food on the ship to reassure would-be passengers. Self-folds into pocket size with a colorful cover. A fascinating piece of history related to the large Irish migration to America.


Condition: B+

There are a few tiny stains, still a nice example.

Estimate: $100 - $140

Sold for: $170

Closed on 5/7/2008