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    1853 Gold Rush-Era English Emigration Broadside. 8.25" x 5.25". A rare, early broadside attempting to capitalize on the increased interest in emigration to America based in large part, no doubt, on the lure of the California gold fields. Printed in eye-catching red ink the broadside reads: "Tapscott's Emigration Packets/ Sail From/ Liverpool/ For/ New York & Other American Ports,/ Every Five Days./ Apply to W. Tapscott & Co.,/ Liverpool./ Above 45,000 Souls Sailed by "Tapscott's Favorite Line," in 1852." The verso reveals that the broadside has been posted to an address in London, probably requested by the addressee in contemplation of a new start in America. And why shouldn't he? It is estimated that once gold was discovered in California, the British came in numbers that some estimate to be as much as 10% of their male population. Experienced miners emigrated in such numbers that it was not uncommon for English mines to close for the loss of experienced workers. William Tapscott & Company were the first in England to take advantage of the rush for California gold, even maintaining an office in San Francisco. The broadside shows traces of old fold creases, with a few areas of loss along the right edge, a small hole near the top edge, and a few very small areas of soiling, otherwise it remains in excellent condition.

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