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Railroad Advertising and Collateral

Lots 4588-4597 Lots 4598-4603

Lot 4588

1847 Phelp's Travellers Guide Through The United States, Black leather 14.5 x 8.9cm, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt showing Steam Locomotive Train and Steamboat, inside with schedules by state and a full-color 54.3 x 65.7cm fold-out map of the United States titled "Phelps's national map of the United States, a travellers guide. 1847" (Entered 1845), drawn and engraved by J. M. Atwood. The map is completely bordered with uncolored portraits and state seals engraved by William D. Smith; the map with separations and tape stains need restoration; some cover wear; Sabin 61379, Howes P291, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Realized: $230

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Lot 4589

1851 Phelp's Travellers Guide Through The United States, Brown leather 14.5 x 8.9cm, front cover lettered and decorated in gilt showing Steam Locomotive Train and Steamboat, inside with schedules by state and a full-color 54.3 x 65.7cm fold-out map of the United States titled "Phelps's national map of the United States, a travellers guide. 1851", drawn and engraved by J. M. Atwood. The map is completely bordered with uncolored portraits and state seals engraved by William D. Smith; the map with some professional reinforcement; some normal cover wear, Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

Realized: $550

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Lot 4590

(Albany & Rutland Railroad) 1852 Railroad Accident, three-page May 27, 1856 letter providing first-hand account of a railroad accident reading in part "…the other day I stood looking at the express train door and see it go through…it went dreadful fast and it just got below the depo it run off the track and went down the bank and smashed the engine all to atoms and it hurt the passengers very much so that some of them fainted away there is one old lady here to the village that they don't know whether she will recover or not she came from Philadelphia there was not but four but that got hurt to cars…it was on the account of the switch being turned wrong…", Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $110

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Lot 4591

Appleton's Railway and Steam Navigation Guides, group of 6 comprising edition: August 1860, October 1860, May 1862, September 1869, July 1872 and September 1874; wealth of route information and time tables, maps, etc; each with varying degree of faults, Fine and rare group.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Complete Images.

Realized: $210

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Lot 4592

The Central Pacific Railroad: A Trip Across the North American Continent From Ogden To san Francisco., Nelson and Sons, T.: Nelson's Pictorial Guide-Books. New York: 1870, Oblong 12mo. 32pp + 12 attractive full-page color plates including a Bird's-Eye View of San Francisco and a View of Salt Lake, and full-page map of the Union and Central Pacific Railroad Line and Connections. Bound in original cloth, stamped in blind, with decorated title on front cover. Prior owner's gilt seal. good condition overall (Cowan 452 note, Graff 2977), Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

A very early Central Pacific pictorial work with timetable, list of stations, fares, elevations, descriptions of the route. Illustrations include "Interior of snow sheds", "Birds eye view of San Francisco", "Lake Tahoe", etc.

Realized: $325

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Lot 4593    

George Pullman's Early Palace Sleeping Cards, 11x17 exhibit page with legal-size Central Pacific Railroad illustrated ad envelope with "Central Pacific Railroad, Nov 1, 1873" ticket dater to San Francisco Cal.; and Chicago & Dalton Railroad all-over ad design showing the inside of the Pullman car on reverse of ad cover bearing 3¢ green (158) tied by "Chicago, Ill" duplex, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $150

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Lot 4594    

(New York & Harlem Railroad) 1831 (Dec.) Law Authorizing the New York & Harlem Railroad, two-page original document titled "A Law, To Authorise the New-York and Harlem Rail Road Company to Construct their Rail Way", pages taped together, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

When rail roads were first introduced into the the U.S.A. they were short in length and were regulated by State and in some circumstances by City Councils. The initial 4½ miles of the New York & Harlem Rail Road was authorized by an act approved by the Mayor of New York on December 22nd 1831.

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Lot 4595    

Pathfinder Railway Guides, double-page containing August 1856 pocket-size edition, May 1858 journal size edition (16.5x25cm), and all-over red illustrated ad design showing Steam Locomotive train bearing 3¢ green (158) tied by "Boston Mass." duplex, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 4596

Post Office Act of 1845, group of Senate and House bills and various amendments which included reformed and simplified rates of postage within the U.S., the previous rating by mileage and number of sheets was changed to per ½ ounce and over/under 300 miles, Very Fine group of official documents.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

Complete Images.

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Lot 4597    

(Propaganda) Cheap Inland and Ocean Postage, illustrated Barnabas Bates Postage Reform Propaganda cover showing Steamship, Eagle with Shield & Steam Engine, manuscript "Flushing, Mich., July 9th" postmark with "Paid 3" rating crossed out and updated to unpaid "5" cents to Sherfall N.Y., ornate imprint of "D. Felt & Hosford, Stationers" on reverse; faulty and flaps mostly separated, Fine and scarce design.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

In the 1850s, Bates adopted the Elihu Blurritt practice of using illustrated envelopes to further his reform proposals for America. Paradoxically, this cover was sent to a member of House of Representatives under the Congressman's franking privilege to receive his mail free of postage.

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Lots 4588-4597 Lots 4598-4603

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