Unattributed. "Centennial Rifle Match at Creedmoor - The First Day's Combines Practice of the Foreign and American Teams, September 6th, 1876." From Frank Leslie’s Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition.
New York: Frank Leslie, 1876. 9 1/4 x 14 1/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.
Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper was a New York based newspaper in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In all, Frank Leslie owned some twelve publications. These pictures remain one of the best sources for lively, informative images of nineteenth-century America. With photographs in a primitive stage, and no television, it is through these illustrations that much of the country got its visual information about the events, personalities and places of the time. These illustrations are also one of the few sources we have today for these same things. Artists were employed to do drawings on the spot, which were then turned into lively and detailed prints in an amazingly short period of time.
The Historical Register of the Centennial Exposition was a special publication printed for the event. The publication had wide dissemination and provided the opportunity for viewers to follow the exhibition from the opening ceremonies to the conclusion of the exposition. The Centennial publication was issued in ten parts consisting of thirty two pages each. Each part was illustrated with about eighty engravings with a history of all the exhibits. Once the subscriber had collected all ten parts, the publisher offered him the opportunity to have it bound. This book provided the people who attended the Centennial with a souvenir of their visit and provided those who could not attend with a glimpse of one of the biggest events in nineteenth century America. While originally issued in large numbers, few of these prints have survived the ages in good condition.