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 engaging and unusual nineteenth century American broadside which advertises the raffling of “Billy Wise” a trotter horse at a parlor billiard hall.
Ornamental borders, an attractive engraving of a horse, various ornamental, and appealing printer’s devices.
We have yet to identify “Billy Wise” but we have entertained a possible New Orleans connection harness racing was popular and the “Parlor Billiard Hall” (also known as the “Parlor) present a possible nexus.
The paper used for this broadside has been described to us as “flint” paper. We have seen it predominantly used in America during the 1850s–1860s, but we have been informed it was also used into the late nineteenth century.
An attractive piece of American print and visual culture unusually pairing (theoretically) two American sporting pastimes —harness racing and billiards.
Description: Raffle for the Young Trotting Horse “Billy Wise” at the Parlor Billiard Hall [Opening lines of broadside].
[Np., America. Late nineteenth century]. Illustrated Broadside. 10½ x 13¾ inches. Various show type faces. Backed on old nineteenth century paper; small corner crease, horizontal crease along top margin. Very good.