New York City zoo


“Zoological Gardens, Central Park, N.Y.”  New York: Harper’s Weekly, October 13, 1866.  9 x 13.  Wood engraving.  Very good condition.

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Harper’s Weekly was a New York based newspaper in the last half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century. In weekly issues, Harper’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.  While originally issued in large numbers, few have survived the ages in good condition. These are interesting, historical and very collectible prints.  This particular image shows the New York City zoological gardens.