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Check out this incredible original copy of the Scientific American Journal, published in New York on April 11, 1874. Founded in 1845 by publisher Rufus M. Porter, Scientific American continues to be a leading popular science magazine to this very day. Complete with amazing line engraved illustrations and beautiful letterpress typology, this amazing find would be perfect for framing!

This edition includes articles on the following topics (plus many more not listed):

- Improved Drop Hammer
- Chameleons
- The Hudson River and Lake Champlain Ship Canal
- The Behavior of Metal Under Strain
- The Grass Eating Fish
- Inventor's Mistakes
- The Lightening Screw Plate
- Lesley's Zero Refrigerator
- Strait's Improved Potato Digger
- Reber's Portable Blackboard
- Photographic Engraving
- Thallium
- Self - Acting Flood Pipes For Buildings
- Index of Inventions

One of our favorite parts of the journal is the last two pages, which are covered with ads for all sorts of products and services that were being offered at the time. Some are interesting, some are bizarre, and some are downright hilarious! Fans of quack medicines will get a kick out of these ads!

Consists of 16 pages (including front and back covers) and the spine is fully intact.

Measurements: 16.5" Tall x 11.5" Wide

Item Condition - Journal is in good shape considering its age! Spine is fully intact, with some creasing here and there. Pages are relatively crisp and have begun to yellow nicely with age. Some pages do have some light soilage ( i.e. some faint brown marks, etc) but there are no major stains. As you can see in the pictures, the journal's pages are a little rough around the edges (bends, small tears, etc), primarily along the top and right hand side. On the last page, a chunk of the upper left corner has been torn off. We tend to think these imperfections add to the journal's wonderful antique look. Perfect for framing! Please refer to the pictures for further details.

Shipping - Sometimes it can be a bit tricky accurately determining shipping costs, especially when shipping internationally. In the event we find that we overcharged you once the item has been shipped we will immediately refund all shipping overage charges in excess of $2.

Love antique copies of Scientific American Journals? Dig around here for more! If you don't see any listed please shoot us a message as we have a few hundred copies that we will be listing over time!

Antique 1874 Scientific American Journal - Chameleons, Grass Eating Fish, Strait's Improved Potato Digger, Inventions


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: paper
  • Ships worldwide from Pennsylvania, United States
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