Goodrich & Thode’s Company…Idyl of American Life on the Borders of Civilization entitled Grizzly Adams [caption title of illustrated theatrical advertisement].

C. 1882 illustrated theatrical advertisement for a western frontier-themed play about a California mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears


Illustrated, four-page advertisement for Grizzly Adams, a western frontier-themed play: “No Shooting or Yelling Indians, But a Truthfully Depicted Idyl of American Life on the Borders of Civilization.”

The advertisement includes a full page wood engraving of Grizzly Adams’ appearance in the first act as well as a synopsis of the play. James “Grizzly” Adams (1812–1860) was a celebrated California mountain man and trainer of grizzly bears.

The advertisement doubles as a promotional piece for gargling oil liniment, a patent medicine, made by Merchant’s Gargling Oil Company.


Description: Goodrich & Thode’s Company…Idyl of American Life on the Borders of Civilization entitled Grizzly Adams [caption title of illustrated theatrical advertisement].

[Philadelphia, 1882?]. Single sheet measuring 91/4 x 11 3/4 inches, folded once, to form [4]pp. Full-page wood engraved illustration signed “Ledger Print Phila.” Performance date over printed in red. Perimeter chips, separating along fold line, browning.

[3725454]

Price: $150.00

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