Collection: Illustrated Newspapers

Illustrated newspapers, filled with wood engraved images, made their appearance in the United States in the 1850s. Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and Harper's Weekly covered every topic that their readers might be interested in. Their ability to provide articles and images in a very timely manner made them the perfect media from which Americans could get their news of domestic and international events and then beginning in 1861, copious coverage of the US Civil War.

The images in these newspapers were often based on photographs or first-hand drawings, so they were not only timely, but accurate as well. As the publishers of one paper explained, "The proprietors of Harper's Weekly beg to state that they have made the most extensive arrangements for the illustration of future movements at the South, and that the public may rely upon finding in Harper's Weekly an accurate and reliable picture of every scene of interest to which occurrences may direct attention." As they provided an important source of information to the public during the war, so too they provide us today with some of the best contemporary documentation of mid and late 19th century America.


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  • Beard, Frank. [Lincoln and His Contemporaries in Caricature]. Sixteen folio leaves titled The Funniest of Awl and the Phunnyest sort of PHUN.
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  • Waud, A. “Grand Reception at the White House, January, 1862.”
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  • Homer, Winslow. “The Inaugural Procession at Washington Passing the Gate of the Capitol Grounds.—From a sketch by our Special Artist.”
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  • Philadelphia Print Shop Gift Card
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  • Weldon, C.D. "Lawn-Tennis Tournament at Newport."
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  • Smedley, W.T. "The North Meadows, Central Park."
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  • Snyder, W.P. “Lawn-Tennis Tournament For The Championship Of New Jersey.”
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  • Unattributed "Foot-Ball at the Wall." [Rugby]
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  • Unattributed "Foot-Ball - 'Collared.'"
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  • de Thulstrup, Thure [The First Tee.]
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  • Unattributed "The Game of 'Polo.'"
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  • Unattributed "The Great Fight between Heenan and Sayers for the Championship, on Tuesday, April 17, at Farnborough, near Aldershott, England, resulting in a Drawn Battle after Forty-two Rounds."
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  • Snyder, W.P. “International Cricket Match On The Ground Of The Germantown Club At Nicetown, Pennsylvania.”
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  • de Thulstrup, T. “On The Ice.”
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  • Rogers, W.A. “Out Of The Game.”
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  • McNeve. “The First Day Of The Season.”
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  • Remington, Frederic “A Practice Game at Yale By The Champion Foot-Ball Eleven.”
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  • Andrews, George H. “Niagara Falls From The American Side. From A Drawing By Our Special Artist, G.H. Andrews.”
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  • Unattributed. "The Irish and American Teams - The Foremost Riflemen of All the World" 
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  • Unattributed. "Centennial Rifle Match at Creedmoor - The First Day's Combines Practice of the Foreign and American Teams, September 6th, 1876" 
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  • Unattributed. “The Ministerial Side of the House of Commons”
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  • Charlton, John “The Islington Horse Show – A Scrimmage at the Hurdles”
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  • De Thulstrup, T. “General Grant’s Funeral – The Processsion Passing up Fifth Avenue”
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  • De Thulstrup, T. “The House of Representatives”
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