1870 USA children’s magazine Oliver’s Optics, baseball front cover

$50.00 CAD

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1870 Oliver Optics magazine, at the time one of the most popular children's monthly in the United States.  Nice image on front of boy with baseball bat, girl with croquet mallet. In background boys playing baseball near ocean.

Saturday April 2, 1870 Vol VII.
Oliver Optic’s new story “Field and Forest, or the Fortunes of a Farmer” is commenced in this No.

Owner's name written at top "Luke Usher"

Two nice engravings at the front:

  • Sunset on the Coast. By De Haas. Engraved from the Chromo of L. Prang & Co.
  • Old Matt and the Horse Thieves

Pages 209-224 + 6 pages of advertising at back.

Advertisement for The National Chronicle “The Base Ball Players Paper” The Official Paper of the Association.

Two books advertised with images:

  • Twelve Nights in the Hunter’s Camp
  • How Charley Roberts became a Man

Creases LR corner.

9⅞ “ x 7”


Oliver Optic's Magazine: Our Boys and Girls (sometimes, Oliver Optic's Magazine) was a 19th-century American weekly children's magazine. It was edited by boys' book writer, William Taylor Adams. Adams used the pen name "Oliver Optic". At its demise in December 1875, it was being published monthly. It became the most popular children's monthly in the United States.

The magazine was published in Boston, Massachusetts by Lee & Shepard. Publication began in January 1867. It had a nine year run, folding in December 1875. A 16-page single copy cost 6 cents; a yearly subscription was $2.50.