Whew! I've been holding on to this book I found on Making of America till I could just about burst! This book is an outstanding example of popular culture from 1857. It's funny, tongue in cheek, like reading the repertoire of a stand-up comic, 1857 style. Any of you fellas looking for a civilian 'type' will find a variety of caricatures here. I'm still in the process of reading the book but it is a fascinating look at language and attitudes.
Here's the citation page:
Author: Thomas Butler Gunn
Title: The physiology of New York boarding-houses
Publisher: Mason Brothers Publication Date: 1857
City: New York Pages: 302 page images
Subjects: New York (City) -- Lodging houses.
Go To: First Page
Table of Contents
A note on viewing the plain text of this volume
for this book: http://cdl.library.cornell.edu/cgi-b...otisid=ANY6384
I'll attach a couple of pages that contain an 1857 review of the book.
Here's the direct link to the book:
Oh, yes, the illustrations are hilaraious! Alfred Waud is one of the three who made the original woodcuts.