Brief history of N. Currier and Currier & Ives
The largest print publisher in the world.
Currier & Ives is the largest publisher of hand made lithographs. The firm published well over 7,000 images in its seventy-three year history. All are drawn on stone and printed by hand in the traditional method of lithography. Over the years the firm worked with many artists and craftsmen. The founder, Nathaniel Currier, was a trained lithographer; and his partner, James Merritt Ives, who was a bookkeeper, also proved himself to be a talented draftsman.