1896 Illustrated History of the Union Stockyards Sketch-book of Familiar Faces and Places at the Yards Not Forgetting Reminiscences of the Yards, Humorous and Otherwise, Joe Getler and His Cats, the Hustling Commission Men, the Widow of the Deceased, the Belle of the Stockyards; Beside Valuable Hints to Farmers on Breeding, Selling, Shipping and Conditioning, and Veterinary Recipes; and Con- cluding with the Man of "Ups and Downs."
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Containing humorous tales from the Union Stockyards in Chicago, or (as proclaimed in the text): "The Greatest Live Stock Market in the World". The Union Stock Yards, or "The Yards", was the primary meatpacking district in Chicago for more than a century after opening in 1865. The yards became so large and influential that Chicago hence become known as the "hog butcher for the world" and the center of the American meatpacking industry for many years. Featuring contemporary trade advertisements to the rear, for 'Carriage and Saddle Horses', 'Packers', 'Fertilizers', and 'Live Stock Commissioners'. One of the advertisements featured is that of 'Armour and Company', one of the five leading firms in the meat-packing industry. Originally founded in Chicago in 1867, the company became one of the cities most important industries, making the titular 'Union Stock Yards' of this text the center of America's meatpacking industry. Collated, complete with numerous monochromatic illustrations form photographs by O. Benson, Jr. Also containing a loosely inserted newspaper clipping from the 'Evening Dispatch' newspaper, dated 'Friday, November 6, 1953'.
In original cloth binding with pictorial front board. Externally, very smart. Lightly rubbed to extremities, joints and head and tail of spine. Charming old candle wax mark to front board. Slightly cocked. Creasing to front pastedown. Front free-endpapers removed. Internally, firmly bound. Pages generally bright and clean, slightly age toned to edges. The odd spot throughout, heavier to the first and last few pages. Contemporary pencil inscription to verso of frontispiece, dated '27th July 1911'. Small closed tear to lower extremity to portrait frontispiece.
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