15 June 2017
JACK THE RIPPER – METROPOLITAN POLICE OFFICE. Police Notice. To the Occupier. On the mornings of Friday, 31st August, Saturday 8th, and Sunday, 30th September, 1888, Women were murdered in or near Whitechapel, supposed by some one residing in the immediate neighborhood… London: printed by McCorquodale & Co., 30 September 1888.
A very rare handbill dating from the peak of the “Jack the Ripper” murders. Apart from newspapers we trace no other original source material from these murders for public sale. On the very Sunday when Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes were killed within an hour of each other in the so-called “double event,” approximately 80,000 of these handbills were printed. This was enough for distribution to every household in Whitechapel, the impoverished East End neighborhood where the murders occurred. Despite the large print run, these handbills were imminently ephemeral and their existence would hardly be known were it not for the police records.
One page, 117 x 139mm. (Laid down to album card, old folds.)
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