THE "LIGHTNING EXPRESS" TRAINS. "LEAVING THE JUNCTION."

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Fanny Palmer


The "Lightning Express" Trains. "Leaving The Junction."

Two-color lithograph handcolored, 1863.
Large folio - image size 17 11 16 x 27 11/16" (45 x 70.3 cm).
Good condition and color, save for several skillfully repaired tears in the margins and a faint mat line..
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 3376
Price: $19,500.00
Publisher : New York published by Currier & Ives, 152 Nassau Street.
Original Best Fifty (Currier & Ives prints, 1932) #7; New Best Fifty (Currier & Ives prints, 1991) #13. Conningham Currier & Ives checklist, #3535. “Here we have an exciting episode on the rails. Two night express trains, leaving the junction, run side by side for a short distance before their roads diverge, and the engineers are indulging in a trial of speed, the one locomotive coal and the other wood. The huge monsters, with their reflectors like eyes of fire and belching forth flames and smoke, seem to be rushing on with lightning velocity and the first impulse of the beholder is to clear the track to avoid being run over. Meanwile the moon calmly looks down, bathing the landscape in a flood of mellow light.” (Description from a printed advertisement by the firm of Currier & Ives) Currier & Ives , Locomotives & Railroads

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