Fonds F 0023 - The Illustrated News fonds

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The Illustrated News fonds

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CA ON00354 F 0023

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  • 15 October 1853 (Creation)

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The Illustrated News was a short-lived American illustrated newspaper created and published by H.D. and A.E. Beach of New York City, in partnership with famed American showman, businessman, and politician P.T. Barnum, founder of the Barnum and Bailey Circus. The newspaper was published weekly for nearly a year, its print run spanning from 1 January 1853 (vol. 1, no. 1) to 26 November 1853 (vol. 2, no. 48), before being absorbed by the Boston-based magazine Gleason’s Pictorial (1851-1859).

Sources: Library of Congress, Directory of US Newspapers in American Libraries, The Illustrated News (New York, N.Y.) 1853-1853, ; “Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion,” Wikipedia, (both accessed 19 July 2021).

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This fonds consists of a single leaf of newsprint (consisting of pages 207-210 of content) taken from the 15 October 1853 issue of The Illustrated News. Page 207 includes “Meeting of the Board of Brokers,” “New Publications,” “Monument to the Youthful Martyr of Chicago,” “The Street Musician,” and small untitled items. Pages 208-209 are a double-page spread containing engraved illustrations and short articles under the headings “Sketches in Mexico” – “Affairs in Mexico,” and “Sketches in New Hampshire” – “New Hampshire State Agricultural Fair” and “Manchester, N.H.” Page 210 includes “Life and Death,” “Do As You Would be Done By” by Lewis Earl, and “‘Country Jake’ in the Crystal Palace.”

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