The Down Hill Road. W. BURNHAM, eorge.

The Down Hill Road

Boston: H. L. Hastings, 1878. The largest, central vignette depicts "A High old time," with three carousing young men and their passed-out mate on the floor, the apex of the story of a nice young boy leaving home ("Good bye Mother. Dont Worry about me!") which ends with Mother weeping at an unmarked grave. Along the periphery of this nuanced moral tale is that of "A Nice Young Man" and his wife, who start out the New Year with what appears to be a nice snifter of cordial which quickly devolves into "A Little for Medicine, you Know," "Tol'able Strong, if you Please," "Give us a Stiff Horn, Old Woman," "You Drink Like an Old Fish," "A Sot," and "A Blot." Broadside (61.5x41cm.); depicting 19 captioned photoengravings printed in black and tan; dampstaining to bottom edge, else Very Good. A premium picture offered to subscribers of The Christian, "a large, 16-page family illustrated Christian Temperance paper."

Price: $450.00

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