Chicago. ca. 1901-1902. Three items. pp. prospectus in gilt wrappers; pp. promotional magazine in pictorial wrappers; broadsheet advertisement, approximately 26 x10 inches. Light wear at corners of prospectus wraps; slight dampstaining at upper fore-edge and light tanning. Magazine wraps split at fold, covers detached; some wear and staining internally. Broadsheet folded, with one small area of loss along fold, slightly affecting text. Overall, about very good. Item #49
A small but engaging group of unrecorded promotional material from the Chicago National Mines Development Company, advertising their activity in Texas oil fields and in several mining operations across the West, mostly in British Columbia, at the beginning of the 20th century. The magazine cover depicts an oil gusher in Texas, and a lengthy article entitled, "A Story of Oil: Facts That Read Like Fiction," about the wonders of Spindletop, Beaumont, and East Texas. Following the article is a map of the company's lands in relation to other nearby oil strikes, as well as several advertisements and short promotions for gold placer mines in British Columbia and lead, zinc, and manganese mining operations in Missouri owned by the company. These mining properties are the focus of the prospectus included here, which contains more extensive material on the "Carthage" gold mines at Ymir, just north of the Washington / Idaho borders in British Columbia, and the "Dutch Hill" mine near Kamloops, including two maps and several photographic reproductions. There are also several pages of additional information concerning their Beaumont oil property (accompanied by the same map as in the magazine) and lengthier promotion of their mining claims in Missouri. The final few pages consist of "Things You Should Know" about mining investment, principally how lucrative it is for all involved. This is also the message of the advertisement broadsheet here, which on one side claims that the preponderance of American millionaires have made their money from mining, and offers stock in the Chicago National Mines Development Company at twenty-five cents per share. The reverse is a compilation of short news-style articles, captioned "Latest News from the Texas Oil Fields," all reporting magnificent and inexhaustible oil discoveries there. In all, three appealing promotional items for oil and mining operations across the West, in the United States and in Canada, just after 1900.