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The Progress of the Century – The Lightning Steam Press. The Electric Telegraph. The Locomotive. The Steamboat.

Publisher:
Currier & Ives (American, active New York, 1857–1907)
Date:
1876
Medium:
Lithograph
Dimensions:
Image: 8 13/16 × 12 1/4 in. (22.4 × 31.1 cm) Sheet: 11 1/16 × 13 3/4 in. (28.1 × 35 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Bequest of Adele S. Colgate, 1962
Accession Number:
63.550.377
Not on view
Scene from American history. Multiple scenes depict nineteenth-century inventions. In center, a seated man sends a message via telegraph that reads "Liberty and Union now and forever one and inseparable. Glory to God in the highest. On earth peace, good will toward men." In the background at right are a steam locomotive and steamship. In the background at left a boy uses printer's tools and two men stand at a printing press. Unlike many Currier & Ives prints, this lithograph has not been hand-colored.
Signature: In stone below image at lower left and lower right: PUBLISHED BY CURRIER & IVES/ 125 NASSAU ST. NEW YORK.

Inscription: In stone below image at center: Copyright 1876 by Currier & Ives, N.Y.
In stone on telegraph ribbon at lower right: LIBERTY AND UNION NOW AND FOREVER ONE AND INSEPARABLE. GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST. ON EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.
Adele S. Colgate (American, died 1962); Donor: Adele S. Colgate (American, died 1962)
Peters, Currier & Ives 1074; Conningham 1970, 4959; Gale 5379
Harry T. Peters Currier & Ives, Printmakers to the American People. 2 vols., Garden City, NY, 1931, cat. no. 1074.

Frederick A. Conningham, Colin Simkin Currier & Ives prints; an illustrated check list. Crown Publishers, New York, 1970, cat. no. 4959.

Gale Research Company, Bernard F. Reilly Jr. Currier & Ives, A Catalogue Raisonné: A comprehensive catalogue of the lithographs of Nathaniel Currier, James Merritt Ives and Charles Currier, including ephemera associated with the firm, 1834-1907. 1984, cat. no. 5379.



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