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  • Civil War in contemporary prints
    scarce and owned by the elite newspapers were mostly text with a few stock images and prints for decoration were a luxury only the wealthy could afford It is not unlikely that early in the century the number of pictures that the average member of the general public saw in a life time was less than the average member of today s general public sees in one day There was clearly a pent up demand by the general public for pictures of their world There was a latent interest in seeing images of major events important figures views of distant parts of the country and world and just images of what was going on elsewhere The development of two important methods of printmaking in the nineteenth century allowed for the production of the thousands of printed images which would satisfy this demand Lithography invented at the end of the eighteenth century allowed for the efficient and relatively inexpensive production of large numbers of prints Lithography was brought to America early in the nineteenth century and by the 1830s there appeared publishers in a number of American cities who produced affordable lithographed prints intended for the general public These popular prints covered any topic which the publishers thought the public would have an interest in they were inexpensive and often colorful and they began to appear ubiquitously in the homes and work places of Americans of all classes Wood engraving was a printmaking process with a longer history but it was refined in the early nineteenth century and developments were made which allowed the printing of thousands of wood engraved images at reasonable costs Wood engraving had the particular advantages that the material used was relatively inexpensive and easily worked and being a relief process the images could be printed on the same press and on the same sheets as text type face In Europe in the 1840s this led to the development of the illustrated newspaper a medium which appeared in America the following decade soon becoming the most common vehicle for printed images in the lives of the American public Go to page on printmaking processes used in the Civil War Go to page on publication formats for Civil War prints So a century and a half ago as the United States made its inevitable way towards the cataclysm which would tear the nation apart these important historical trends made it so that printed images would become one of if not the most important means by which the general public would follow the war Thousands of portraits of political and military leaders patriotic and partisan images and scenes of the events and places of the war were printed and disseminated around the country mostly in the North providing many Americans with much of their understanding of what was going on in the war These printed images provided one of the main threads in the fabric of Americans lives from 1861 to 1865 Thus it is that we believe the

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  • Chromolithography: The Art of Color
    glimpses of grand art within reach of the masses But chromolithography was much more than this Through chromolithography historical events were graphically depicted American views were spread far and wide and all aspects of American life were vividly documented Alongside these pragmatic purposes artists employed the process to create prints that very closely followed their artistic vision and many chromolithographs which were produced using heavy oil based inks closely duplicated the appearance of actual oil paintings In honor of our 20th anniversary we wanted to highlight chromolithography a type of antique print that we feel receives less attention than is warranted by the interest and beauty of the material Chromolithographs come in all sizes and prices and we have a excellent selection shown on line as well as others in our inventory We hope our web visitors will enjoy this exhibit and perhaps will be able to visit us in our shop or at one of many fine antique shows we attend around the country There are many excellent references that discuss chromolithographs but we are especially indebted to Peter C Marzio s superb work The Democratic Art Much of the material in this exhibit was inspired by his seminal

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  • Antique railroad prints
    image 525 Mixed Traffic Engine for the Window Annapolis Railway Nova Scotia Designed and Constructed by Messrs Fox Walker Co Bristol 12 x 15 1 4 500 Express Passenger Locomotive Designed by Benjamin Connor Esq for the Caledonian Railway made by Messrs Neilson I Co Glasgow 12 3 4 x 19 3 4 525 Newspaper illustrations Beginning around the middle of the nineteenth century newspapers illustrated with wood engravings became hugely popular The first of this type of newspaper was The Illustrated London News founded in 1842 and the first American illustrated newspaper was Gleason s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion founded in 1851 its name changed to Ballou s Pictorial Drawing Room Companion in 1855 Frank Leslie s Illustrated Newspaper appeared in 1855 followed two years later by the most successful of all the American illustrated newspapers Harper s Weekly The success of these newspapers lay in their illustrations These prints were wide ranging in their coverage of events places things and persons of interest to the readers and they were extremely timely in their appearance often being issued within two weeks of when the images were first drawn Readers found it new and exciting to be able to have within days and at an affordable price a first hand views of a disaster from across the country to gaze on an image of a just constructed bridge or to see contemporary pictures of far away cities or countries The rise of these newspapers coincided with the rise of American railroads so there were numerous illustrations on this subject These images show many railroad scenes where no other print exists and their timeliness and accuracy not to mention their affordability makes them wonderful prints for anyone interested in the subject The following prints except as noted are uncolored wood engravings in very good condition S C McCutcheson On an Immigrant Train Westward Bound From Harper s Weekly June 11 1881 9 x 13 1 4 40 Prints by Edward Lamson Henry New York C Klackner Photogravures Printed with color and finished by hand Very good condition Framed Fascinating historical images of the childhood of rapid transit These prints are from a series done by C Klackner depicting some of the most famous early passenger trains The prints are based on accurate historic information combining this interesting history with an impressive appearance The First Railroad Train on the Mohawk and Hudson Road 1900 14 x 34 1 2 1 350 The Camden and Amboy Railroad with the Engine Planet in 1834 1904 15 1 4 x 32 Here is the steam engine Planet at Camden N J with the steamship William Penn in the background on the Delaware River The Camden Amboy Railroad connecting Philadelphia to New York City was the major New Jersey leg of the passenger and freight lines which ran up the east coast of North America in the nineteenth century 1 350 Frank T Bowers N Y C H R engine 2980 1904 Gouache on board 11

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  • Fire! Fueling and Fighting the Blaze in Historic Prints
    Long Island Sound 1840 Lithograph 6 1 2 x 11 1 2 Close margins but complete Very good condition The Awful Conflagration of the Lexington in Long Island Sound on January 13th 1840 with its large loss of life was an event that attracted much attention in New York City and area This spurred the production of broadsides and lithographed images of the disaster most famously one by Nathaniel Currier cf above that is supposed to have been one of the foundations of his successful career This was not however the only rush print made of the burning of the Lexington and here is an unusual and unattributed lithograph of the same scene The title is similar to the Currier print but the image is quite different It was undoubtedly issued within a short time of the event and was aimed at the market created by the public fascination with this famous disaster 575 Click here for more marine prints Ferogio Fire in the Country Engraved by F E Jones Cincinnati F C Middleton for The Ladies Repository 1854 Mezzotint with line engraving 4 7 8 x 7 3 4 In the urgent flight of the farm family the artist conveys the great danger posed by a fire in the open prairie For many of the rural Midwestern subscribers to The Ladies Repository such a fire was never far from everyday thoughts and concerns 45 The Great Fire In Chicago January 28 1868 New York Harper s Weekly 15 February 1868 9 x 9 Wood engraving Very good condition Even before the fire of 1871 Chicago was prone to conflagrations Like other cities its concentration of people fire based lighting and heating and wooden structures meant that potential for disaster was always present The tragedy of January 1868 is here illustrated and briefly described 75 The Burning of Chicago New York Currier Ives 1871 Lithograph Original hand color Small folio 8 1 8 x 12 5 8 With some wear in and stains in margins C 738 The great fire of Chicago was of course that of 1871 This prompted the publication of a series of dramatic images by various firms including Currier Ives This print shows the city consumed by a raging fire with people fleeing to the shore Dramatic but not very accurate as the wind is shown blowing the wrong direction 1 800 The Great Forest Fire in America View near Fox River London The Illustrated London News 4 November 1871 Wood engraving 8 3 8 x 12 3 8 In addition to covering the Chicago fire The Illustrated London News noted that fire had been wreaking havoc in other parts of the United States as well This scene shows forests along the Fox river in either Wisconsin or Illinois 50 A Forest Fire in America London The Illustrated London News 28 November 1871 Wood engraving 19 1 4 x 12 1 4 In addition to covering the Chicago fire The Illustrated London News noted that fire

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  • Images of African Americans from the 19th and 20th centuries
    1890 Ca 3 x 5 Chromolithograph by Donaldson Brothers Very good condition Delightful maps issued about 1890 by the Arbuckle Bros Coffee Company This firm was founded by John and Charles Arbuckle of Pittsburgh PA They developed a machine to weigh fill seal and label coffee in paper packages which allowed them to become the largest importer and seller of coffee in the world Their most famous promotional program involved the issuing of several series of small colorful trading cards one of which was included in every package of Arbuckle s Coffee These series included cards with sports pastimes historic scenes and one of the most popular maps The latter cards included not only a map but also small illustrations which portrays the peculiarities of the industry scenery etc of the region depicted These cards showing Georgia Alabama and African American pastimes illustrate the vital role that African American sharecroppers played in Southern agriculture as well as the stereotypes fostered of such laborers Georgia 65 Alabama 65 American Negroes 75 Images from Judge Judge magazine was founded in 1881 by a group of artists headed by James Albert Wales who seceded from the staff of the popular comic weekly Puck Cultivating both bold satire and skilled drawing the magazine featured a sixteen page quarto format with a chromolithographic cover and center spread After a strong start the magazine found itself struggling to compete with its very similar rival Puck but revived in the wake of the 1884 Blaine Cleveland contest when the GOP leadership recognized the power of comic journalism in a political campaign With GOP aid Judge boomed during the 80s and 90s surpassing its rival publication in content and circulation Bound up in the political and social issues considered by staff cartoonists were the issues of race relations around which regional politics swirled throughout the postbellum period Here those themes are considered from a decidedly Northern perspective though considerable prejudice is still apparent None currently available Go to page with other prints from Judge Minstrel Sheet Music In the early nineteenth century black face minstrel shows began to appear on the American entertainment landscape Seen as a distinctly American form of musical the genre remained steadily popular throughout the century Characters like Jim Crow became standard parts played by white performers who would use burnt cork to blacken their skin Modeled after white perceptions of black slaves on Southern plantations minstrel songs drew unflatteringly on Southern black dialect and vocabulary to construct songs that white audiences of the period found comical In addition to widespread performances minstrel songs were popularized through sheet music adorned with heavily decorated lithographed cover images visual manifestations of the lyrical caricature within None currently available Negro Cabin From A New and Popular Pictorial Description of the United States New York Robert Sears 1848 7 7 8 x 4 3 4 Wood engraving Excellent condition 45 Eva Pointing Out the Happy Land A scene from Uncle Tom s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Engraving

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  • Philadelphia Print Shop -- Search Our Site
    Maps Prints Rare Books Reference Bookstore On line Reference Library Use double quotes for exact phrases Note that and wildcards are supported Go to Philadelphia Print Shop home page For more information call write fax or e mail to 8441

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  • Message to The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd.
    correctly or we will be unable to reply Phone Address Please enter your message below then press the send button Return to gallery of prints and maps without sending message Return to The Philadelphia Print Shop home page without sending

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  • Ordering Information for The Philadelphia Print Shop, Ltd.
    attempt to keep our on line gallery current but please note that some items on the system are likely to have been sold and other similar items acquired since It is always best to contact us directly concerning availability We will make every effort to keep our prices up to date but the prices on this site are not guaranteed Sometimes publishers raise their prices for books and sometimes the market escalates prices on prints and maps We will try to honor all listed prices where we can but they are not guaranteed Note also that as we hand type all our web pages it can happen that we mis type the price It is always best to contact us directly to confirm the price Payment from first time customers should accompany order all other payments are due within thirty days of receipt All payments should be made in US drawn on a U S bank or by credit card MasterCard Visa Discover Diners Club and American Express are accepted Overseas customers are requested to pay by bank wire transfer unless arranged otherwise Because of fraud we cannot always honor overseas credit card orders Shipping will be billed at cost Pennsylvania residents please add 8 sales tax Privacy Policy The Philadelphia Print Shop is committed to protecting the privacy of your personal information We do not and will not share customer information with any other business institution or person We will use the information you provide only to contact you directly We also do not use cookies nor any other form of tracking your web browsing If you have any concerns on any matters of privacy please feel free to contact us On Approval All items purchased through the mail are sent on approval though pre payment is required of

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