“Columbia College, East Forty-Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue, New York.” From Leslie’s Illustrated News. New York, July 9, 1859. Wood engraving. 6 x 9. Very good condition.
Leslie’s Illustrated News was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth century. In weekly issues, Leslie’s presented a mixture of news stories, gossip, poetry, and most notably, wood-engraved illustrations. 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. This particular image shows an early view of Columbia College.