Raffle for the Young Trotting Horse “Billy Wise” at the Parlor Billiard Hall [Opening lines of broadside].
Raffling a trotter horse at a billiard hall
An unusual nineteenth-century American broadside advertising the raffling in a parlor billiard hall of “Billy Wise,” a trotter horse. We have yet to identify “Billy Wise”and the “Parlor Billiard Hall” —also known as the “Parlor.” Trotting was a popular in the northern and western states.
The broadside is printed on “flint” paper. This paper predominantly used in America during the 1850s–1860s and also up into the late nineteenth-century.
An attractive highly-visual graphic that pairs two American sporting pastimes —harness racing (trotting) and billiards.
Description: Raffle for the Young Trotting Horse “Billy Wise” at the Parlor Billiard Hall [Opening lines of broadside].
[America. Nineteenth century]. 10½ x 13¾ inches. Ornamental borders and various show type faces. Backed on old nineteenth century paper; small corner crease, horizontal crease along top margin. Glazed and framed. Very good.