The Underbelly of the Gilded Age [Crime]. [Vice]. [United States]. The Illustrated Police News, Law-Courts and Weekly Record, For the Week Ending September 16, 1869. Vol. 7. No. 151. 8 pp. [Boston, Mass.]: Police News Pub. House, 1869. Woodcut illustrations. 20-1/2" x 14-1/2." Moderate toning, edgewear and creases, a few minor tears along fold lines. $350. * The Illustrated Police News (ca. 1860-1904) or the Police News was a weekly periodical published in Boston, Massachusetts. In a popular, sensationalist style it reported news of crime and legal proceedings. The editors or owners included John Stetson and A.H. Millett. Like its model the National Police Gazette, the Illustrated Police News provided sensationalistic crime and disaster stories, sexual titilation and coverage of sporting events, all with woodcut engravings that often skirted the edge of obscenity. Articles in this 1869 issue include "Female Pickpockets in New York," "A Wronged Wife Assaults her Husband's Paramour in a Milwaukee Brothel," "Hibernia vs. Teutonica-A Rich Fistic Encounter in Pittsburgh, Pa." and "Death in the Mines of Avondale, Pa."
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