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 Harper's
(1850-2005)

In 1817, two young brothers, James and John Harper, opened a small printing company in New York. Their two other brothers, Joseph and Fletcher, joined the company shortly thereafter, and by 1825 Harper & Brothers had become the largest book publisher in the United States. Having noticed the success in Britain of the London Daily News, Fletcher Harper launched Harper's New Monthly Magazine in June 1850, and it was so popular that in 1857 he also launched Harper's Weekly. Within 10 years the circulation of Harper's Weekly reached 200,000. An important feature of the Harper's publications was that they were heavily illustrated by engravings of high quality. The cartoonist Thomas Nast was recruited in 1862, and virtually invented political caricature (he also invented the donkey and elephant symbols for the Democratic and Republican parties, and designed our modern image of Santa Claus). By the late 1800's Harper's had won a high reputation for hiring the best artists and illustrators, including Frank Bellew, Charles Dana Gibson, Fred Repington, Howard Pyle, James Flagg and Maxfield Parrish. Over the years, numerous articles having to do with mining were published, and the illustrations from those articles retain their interest today. In 1900 the monthly changed its name to Harper's Monthly Magazine, and in 1913 became simply Harper's Magazine, It is still being published.

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The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Our Camp on the Stanislaus Our Camp on the Stanislaus
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Tunneling at Table Mountain Tunneling at Table Mountain
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - The First Gold Hunters The First Gold Hunters
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Hydraulic Mining at French Corral Hydraulic Mining at French Corral
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Quicksilver Machine in Mormon Gulch Quicksilver Machine in Mormon Gulch
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Winnowing Gold near Chinese Camp Winnowing Gold near Chinese Camp
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Flutter Wheel on the Tuolumne Flutter Wheel on the Tuolumne
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
The Mineralogical Record:  Harper's - Helvetia Quartz Mill, Grass Calley Helvetia Quartz Mill, Grass Calley
Steel engraving (1860), unsigned, from the article "How we get gold in California" by "a miner of the year '49" (=William V. Wells), publish in the April 1860 edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine, volume 20, no. 119, pages 598-617 (Mineralogical Record Library).
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