Toledo, Oh. November 8, 1913. Broadside, 11 x 5 1/2 inches. Contemporary processing stamps from the Toledo Police Department, very faint staining, light original horizontal folds. Very good. Item #WRCAM52773
A fascinating wanted poster for a thirty-year- old African-American man named "John Sefears, alias John Leworth, alias Joseph Brown, alias 'Poor Boy.'" Sefears is accused of murder for gunning down another "colored" man named George Harris "during an argument in a saloon." Sefears is described as a short, small man from Detroit by way of Raleigh, North Carolina, with a forearm tattoo and a scarred face. The poster was issued by the Chief of Police, Perry D. Knapp. An intriguing artifact of early 20th-century crime, possibly a unique survival.