St. Louis: Foote, Printer, [ca. 1860s]. Broadside printed in black and red, 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches. A few light creases. Near fine. Item #WRCAM55564
An apparently unrecorded and visually striking Missouri land sale broadside from the Civil War era. The title touts the availability of "350,000 acres of the most choice farming lands" and offers the land to "settlers, traders and others for 12 1/2, 25 and 50 cents per acre." The Dunstan Company also offers "Second hand Lands and Improved Farms in Every County in the State," promising "Taxes Paid in All Western States and Territories" and "Mineral Lands Bought and Sold." The company also promotes 250,000 acres in Illinois. R.W. Dunstan was a real estate and general land agent in St. Louis in the 1860s. Regarding the printer, a St. Louis business directory from 1863 lists W.E. Foote, "Job printer, on N. 3rd, opposite the post office," the same address as given in the imprint here. No copies of this broadside appear in auction records, the trade, or in OCLC. The only St. Louis imprint by Foote in OCLC, Margaret Cummins' LEAVES FROM MY PORT FOLIO, is dated 1860. Possibly a unique surviving promotional for early land development in Missouri at a turbulent moment in its history.