The Broadside is advertising the Annual Picnic in 1869 to help pay for the Steam Engine where the fundraiser was to be held at "Lehman's Grove" in Lebanon,Pa.
Note: Mr. B.B. Lehman's grove was located at the rear of his residence at 9th & Maple Streets. He was the "Union Canal Company's" first Canal Engineer which operated between 1827 to 1885.
The Union Steam Fire Engine & Hose Company # 1 bought their First "Steam Engine" in 1866 at a whopping cost of $5000.00. This revolutionary Fire fighting equipment was a fascinating upgrade from the previous Hand Pumpers & Bucket Brigades !
The advertisement is dated August 24,1869 and states the picnic will be held on Thursday the 29th of August 1869.
Also See the Bottom Line which reads as follows: Printed at the "Lebanon Advertiser" Steam Newspaper and Job Printing Office, Lebanon,Pa.
Think about the Rarity of a Paper Broadside or Poster which was to be used for 5 days and then thrown away ! Then calculate the odds of any surviving the test of time in this condition that were not thrown away.
Needless to say, I believe this is the only one in existence. (If there is another, I will update that finding.)
The price is based on Rarity,Condition, and Survivability of Paper Broadsides.Quite a value considering the Super prices achieved for much later "Movie Posters" at recent auctions.
Broadside was previously folded when stored, but not cut down and measures 13 1/2 inches wide by 22 1/2 inches high.
The broadside paper is only pressure mounted behind the Matt and backed with acid free Backboard. It Could be professionally "Dry Mounted" to further push out some wrinkles,but this is a permanent decision once done. The Victorian Frame has antique wavy glass and the outside measurements are 22 inches wide by 29 1/2 inches high.