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1872 Harper's Weekly View of Boston in Ruins After Great Fire


Boston - General View of th Ruins, From the West Side of Washington Street - The Old South Chuyrch and the 'Transcript' Building in th Foreground.
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Title:    Boston - General View of th Ruins, From the West Side of Washington Street - The Old South Chuyrch and the 'Transcript' Building in th Foreground.

Description:    A dramatic journalistic view of Boston, Massachusetts prepared to illustrate the Great Boston Fire of 1872. Issued just three weeks after the tragic fire (November 7-8, 1872), this is one of the first publications to illustrate the fire's fury.

Date:    1872 (dated)

Source:    Harper's Weekly, November 30, 1872, p 396-97.

Cartographer:    Harper's Weekly (1825 - 1916), subtitled "A Journal of Civilization" was a weekly political magazine and news journal published out of New York City. The Harper brothers, James, John, Joseph and Fletcher, began publishing in 1825. Inspired by the London Illustrated News, they created Harper's Weekly in 1857. The important weekly journal witnessed some of the most important moments in history from the American Civil War, to the serialized publishing of Dickens novels, to the inventions of the modern Santa Clause by illustrator Thomas Nast. Harpers continued to publish until 1916. The Harper name is still alive in the magazine business to this day. Click here for a list of rare maps from Harper's Weekly.

Size:   Printed area measures 14 x 10 inches (35.56 x 25.4 centimeters)

Condition:    Very good. Even overall toning. Backed with archival tissue.

Code:   BostonFireRuins-harpersweekly-1872 (to order by phone call: 646-320-8650)

Tags:    Boston , Great Boston Fire , Great Boston Fire , View , Harper's Weekly

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