American Broadsides, History on a Sheet of Paper


July 17, 2014 Sheryl Jaeger

Ephemera Society member Ian Brabner has just posted an excellent article on American broadsides on the ABAA New Antiquarian blog.

Printed American broadsides of the 18th and 19th centuries—what we might think of today as “posters”—were an important public means of spreading news and information within a community.

A broadside might print a political manifesto, a religious sermon, a military declaration, news of a great battle, or a Presidential proclamation.

A broadside might advertise a newly arrived shipment of goods or a new production of a play or circus. Merchants and inventors used broadsides to sell their wares or to attract investors.



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