Cincinnati: Enquirer Print, [1858?]. Broadside, approximately 14.5 x 7 inches. Matted. Internal tear near top edge, slightly affecting text. Light dust soiling, heavier at foot; some creasing and foxing at edges. Good. Item #1100
An attractive broadside advertisement for the Ohio & Mississippi Railroad, promoting its newly completed line from Cincinnati to St. Louis. The broadside highlights the O&M as the "Shortest and Quickest" route from Cincinnati to Indianapolis, Vincennes, and St. Louis, travelling on the "Only Wide Gauge in the West," with two trains leaving Cincinnati daily and arriving in St. Louis "two hours in advance of any other route." Ohio & Mississippi passengers enjoy "wide and spacious Saloon Cars, unattainable on narrow gauge Roads, and cross the River at Illinoistown, on arrival." By contrast, the dimwitted passengers of the Terre Haute and Alton, "wait on bank of River one hour before crossing." With a woodcut illustration and a bracing combination of woodcut types. Not in OCLC; the line was completed at the end of 1857.