Riot Illustration 1

Rioters Attacking A Train At Hornellsville on July 22

Imaging in any form can be kept in a digital format to help with a books longevity in preservation (Gracy 186). By preserving a book in this manner, you prevent further deterioration of an image or inking on a page. The importance of this is that when we examined the book; ink would come off in small little chunks from the images. The flaking ink was more evident in areas where images had darker shading and in more faded areas as they were beginning to deteriorate. The need to preserve this older imaging becomes apparent as it is a book that was printed over a century ago. The imaging techniques used are also used to reflect the culture of the time to see how far they were in technology (Gracy 186)


The First Riot in Martinsburg, West Virginia

Strikers Stopping Trains At Martinsburg On The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad

Pittsburgh Riots

Burning Of The Union Depot At Pittsburgh, By The Rioters

Baltimore Riots

Sixth Maryland Regiment Firing On The Rioters In Baltimore

Chicago Riots

Fight Between The Rioters And Police At The West Side Turner Hall, Chicago

According to Geoffrey Wakeman, who wrote Victorian Book Illustration, the illustrations in this edition would have most likely been a form of pen-drawing lithography. This method of printing illustrations was developed during the industrial revolution to be able to show more tones, which would have been cutting edge at the time (Wakeman 37). This is important to these particular illustrations because the flames and smoke stand out better against the night sky. The new technology of illustration explains why the printers of this book went to such great lengths to advertise them and to emphasize them within the book. The title page has attention-grabbing phrases like "brilliant and graphic pen-pictures" and "illustrated with numerous fine engravings from drawings made on the spot." Also, the illustrations are protected by higher quality paper and were given huge foldouts to accommodate their size. The fancy illustrations would have been a huge selling point for the upper class, further proving my point that this is an elitist account of the Great Riots.