Carrier’s address of the National Police Gazette, January 1st, 1848. A 848n. Rosenbach Museum & Library
What would the holiday season be without reflecting on the year that has passed? In that spirit, the National Police Gazette published this sensationalist broadside recounting New York’s crimes of 1847. The popular publication served as an early version of tabloid journalism, exposing its readers to the lurid underworld of urban crime. The colorful cast of criminals depicted here includes burglars, con men, pickpockets and murderers, with names like One-Eyed Thompson.
For more on this interesting genre of publishing, check out the Brown University Library's site on carrier addresses.
See you in 2014!