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Auction 125, Lot 147

"Map of the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway, and Connections", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Central United States - Railroad

Period: 1878 (dated)


Color: Black & White

14 x 12 inches
35.6 x 30.5 cm

This is an advertising broadside promoting land for sale in eastern Missouri and Arkansas. On one side is the large map "St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway. Map of the United States, Showing the St. Louis, Iron Mountain and Southern Railway, the Great Trunk Lines, Connecting the Northern Railways at St. Louis with the Southern Railways" (14" x 12"). The map focuses on the railroads' routes and stations from St. Louis through Arkansas and into Texas. In Texas the rail routes extend to Austin, Dallas, Columbia, Galveston and Waco. Fancy scroll-style title cartouche. To side of map are the fares to various stations in Missouri and Arkansas. The verso contains over 70 column inches of promotional prose describing the region in the finest of terms and ascribing the sparse population to "the want of reliable information" on the area's charms. One advertising panel titled "Cheap Homes!" suggests that two crops can be grown on the same ground each year and where there are "Good People" and "No Grasshoppers." A great land promotional broadside published by the railroad. At bottom in margin is the agent's stamp in purple ink. A rare issue.


Condition: B+

A couple spots and two areas of small loss at fold intersection.

Estimate: $150 - $200

Sold for: $100

Closed on 9/24/2008