Auction 154, Lot 182

"[Untitled - Northern Pacific Railroad Company Map and Advertisement]", Railroad Companies, (Various)

Subject: Northern United States

Period: 1870 (circa)


Color: Black & White

13.8 x 6.2 inches
35.1 x 15.7 cm

This uncommon advertisement for the Northern Pacific Railroad was created to generate capital to help cover the incredible cost associated with the construction of a transcontinental railroad linking the upper Midwest to the Pacific Northwest. The advertising leads with the "New 7-30 Gold Loan" (meaning a return of 7.3%), and the text compares this to a U.S. bond that only returns 5.2%. It is hard to argue with "Safe! Profitable! Permanent!". The map on verso shows the northern portion of the country, displaying the route and connecting lines. Full sheet measures 10 x 17".


Condition: A

Excellent condition with some light show through of text from the recto as to be expected with this type of material.

Estimate: $220 - $275

Sold for: $130

Closed on 9/16/2015