The City of Chicago, Showing the Burnt District.
1874 (dated) 15 x 21 in (38.1 x 53.34 cm)
A dramatic journalistic view of Chicago, Illinois prepared to illustrate the devastation following the Chicago Fire of 1874. Issued just two weeks after the tragic fire (July 14, 1874), this is one of the first publications to illustrate the full extent of the damage. Eager to provide their readers with a graphic representation of the fire, the publishers of Harper's Weekly turned to Currier and Ives, to collect material to produce a grand view of the city.
This bird’s eye view covers Chicago as seen from Lake Michigan from the South Side to the near North Side, with many ships sailing in the foreground. The view extends to the horizon, past the Chicago River. The burnt district can be seen in Downtown Chicago. A key along the bottom margin identifies various landmarks. This view was published in the August 1, 1874 issue of Harper’s Weekly.
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.
Harper's Weekly, August 1, 1874, p 636-637.
Very good. Overall toning. Minor wear along original centerfold and edges, with verso repair.
Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division, 75693037.