Tuesday, July 23, 2013
This broadside is one of my favorite recent acquisitions. It's a reward poster created in 1874 by the selectmen of Dracut (a small town in northern Massachusetts near the New Hampshire border), offering a $25 reward to those who help arrest and conviction perpetrators of destruction of town property or for the violation of a particular Massachusetts statute. The statute at issue, Section 83 of Chapter 161 of the General Statutes, provided for a $100 fine or 3 months in the House of Corrections for anyone convicted of stealing or otherwise absconding with fruit, flowers, trees, etc. from someone's orchard or nursery. I suppose there must have been a problem with this type of trespass and thievery in the town at this time!
Posted by Laurel Davis at 5:19 PM