Type specimens of runaway slaves (above) and two publications that used them, from the Type Specimen Book of L. Johnson and Co. The
sample publications are "Carrying the War Into Africa," a handbill of 1850, and
the cover of The Anti-Slavery Record of July 1837.
In the early 1800s, engraving companies offered a limited number of specimens, or
"types," for commonly recurring images such as runaway slaves. As a
result, identical runaway types were used in ads and posters around the country
-- and here, in the lower right example, in an anti-slavery publication.