[Chicago] Gray, Grayland, Chicago, circa 1874. BW. 14 x 14 on sheet 13 x 17¼. Fragile, a victim of previous repairs and of the cheap pulp paper it was printed on. Now deacidified, backed, tears repaired and losses infilled. SOLD
A rare real estate promotional broadside issued by John Gray, farmer, real estate developer and first Republican sheriff of Cook County. Gray platted some of his 320 acre farm in today's Irving Park neighborhood, an area "universally conceded to be the best and most conveniently located of all of Chicago's Suburban Villages." A smaller inset map establishes the relationship between Grayland and the metropolis -- only seven miles from the Court House, and served by three railroads whose "trains are by law COMPELLED to make a full stop," and run every 30 minutes, as Gray informs potential buyers.
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