1882 Broadsheet Tribute to America's Great Newspapermen

Representative Journals and Journalists of America.

1882 Broadsheet Tribute to America's Great Newspapermen


The most important newspaper publishers of the 19th century!


Representative Journals and Journalists of America.
  1882 (dated)    19.5 x 22 in (49.53 x 55.88 cm)


This rare broadsheet is Gustov H. Buek's tribute to America's great newspaper men. Published by Root and Tinker in 1882, this broadside celebrates 12 of America's greatest newspaper editors and owners superimposed upon front page facimies of their newspaper. At center, a portrait of Thurlow Weed, the retired editor of the Rochester Telegraph and the Albany Evening Journal, appears in the center of the print with no representative facsimile. The newspapermen represented include

  1. George W. Childes of the Public Ledger, Philadelphia
  2. Whitelaw Reid of the New York Tribune
  3. Henry Watterson of the Louisville Courier-Journal
  4. E. B. Haskell of the Boston Herald
  5. Charles A. Dana of the New York Sun
  6. Murat Halstead of the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette
  7. Joseph Medill of the Chicago Tribune
  8. James Gordon Bennett of the New York Herald
  9. Victor Fremont Lawson of the Chicago Daily News
  10. Oswald Ottendorfer of the New Yorker Staats-Zeitung
  11. Joseph Roswell Hawley of the Hartford Courant
  12. Royal M. Pulsifer of the Boston Herald
  13. Thurlow Weed of the Albany Evening Journal, New York (center)
George Jones of the New York Times is conspicuously absent, but the firm did release an updated version of this broadsheet in 1885, in which Jones is included. When Root and Tinker initially issued this, in 1883, Wilbur F. Storey of the Chicago Times appeared in place of the current example's Victor F. Lawson. Some have associated this with the publication of a second edition of the broadsheet to promote the Travelers Insurance Company although there is no clear association with that organization present here.

This broadsheet is quite rare. In addition to the example exhibited at the Boston Athenaeum in 2016, we are aware of only two other examples at the Library of Congress and the Connecticut State Library.


Root and Tinker (fl. c. 1870 – c. 1896) was a New York City based publisher of trade journals, prints, broadsides and trade cards active in the later part of the 19th century. The company was founded by Charles Towner Root (1849/50 - 1938), Franklin H. Tinker (1852 - 1890), and his father Henry F. Tinker (1826 - 1889). They issued journals for a variety of trades including the millinery industry, the upholstery trade, the pharmaceutical trade, and the clothing business, among others. Their broadsides reflected interests of their clientele, often extolling the heads of their respective industries. They typically relied on the New York City lithography firm of Buek and Lindner.

Gustav H. Buek (August 20 1850 – c. 1927) was an American lithographer of German descent active in the latter part of the 19th century. Buck was born in Brooklyn, New York and apprenticed with Hatch and Company, Lithographers of New York. After his apprenticeship, in 1866, he took work with Donaldson Brothers, for whom he headed their art department. In 1881, partnering with F. H. Linder, he founded the firm of Buek and Linder with an office at 65 Warren Street, New York. Linder retired in 1884, after which Buek changed the name to G. H .Buek and Company and took on a new partner, Léon Marié. They also moved to more spacious office at 146-150 Center Street. In 1891, G. H. Buek and Company they merged with the American Lithograph Company. He is credited with being the first to introduce facsimile watercolor work to commercial lithography. Buek was a member of New York City's Salmagundi Club.


Good. Verso reinforcement at top and bottom border. Several minor repaired tears.


OCLC 191119608. Boston Athenaeum C 5 Jou.1882, Collecting for the Boston Athenaeum in the 21st Century: Prints & Photographs, Exhibit at the Boston Athenaeum, April 6, 2016 - September 4, 2016.