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Skylark : No Delay in Loading - 116 Days Passage. : Sutton & Co.'s Dispatch Line for San Francisco. : Sharpest and Finest Clipper Up. : The Popular A 1 First Class Clipper Ship.

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  • PUBLISHER: Nesbitt & Co., Printers, N.Y. - Sutton & Co., 58 South Street, Corner of Wall.

  • MEDIUM: Relief and type on coated stock,

    DATE: 1850's-60's

  • EDITION SIZE: Paper size 4 x 6 1/2" (102 x 165 mm).

  • DESCRIPTION: This clipper ship card advertises the clipper ship Sky Lark, then loading for her voyage to San Francisco. Clipper ship cards were first used as a smaller alternative to broadsides, following in the tradition of trading cards, and became very popular and widespread in the 1860's. The imagery on the card typically supported the name of the ship, and thematically would largely fall into stock categories established such as nautical themes, women, knights/warriors, mythology and folklore, and patriotic themes, to name a few. The size, cargo capacity, destination, master's name, and not least of all, the word 'clipper' (complete with a bold, descriptive byline) would usually be incorporated into the design. The Skylark was a smaller clipper of 1209 tons built in Somerset, Massachusetts in 1853.

  • ADDITIONAL INFO: Coated stock advertising card.

  • CONDITION: Overall good condition, minor rounding of the edges and skinning on verso.

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