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1875 Wood Engraving Illinois Canal Rock River Meredosia Route Shipping Historic

1875 Wood Engraving Illinois Canal Rock River Meredosia Route Shipping Historic

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"Route of the Proposed Ship Canal to Connect Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River"

This is an original 1875 black and white in-text wood engraving of a sketch by T. B. Hatcher of the of the proposed canal to connect Lake Michigan with the Mississippi River via the Rock River, known as the Meredosia route.


This 140+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. No creases. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original In-Text Wood Engraving; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.75 x 5.25 inches; 25 x 13 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of antique in-text wood engravings and advertisements from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, 1875-1876. These engravings and ads provide an excellent historical record of people, places, and events important to mid-Victorian America. This collection includes not only medical quackery ads, but many images from the 1876 Centennial Exposition. The Exposition was a World's Fair held in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia from May 10 to November 10, 1876, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.