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Destruction of the U. S. Battleship Maine : In Havana Harbor, February 15th 1898, 9:40 P.M.


  • PUBLISHER: Copyrighted 1898 by Kurz & Allison, 267-269 Wabash Ave., Chicago.

  • MEDIUM: Color lithograph,

    DATE: 1898.

  • EDITION SIZE: Image size 8 3/6 x 13 1/4" (21.3 x 33.7 cm).

  • DESCRIPTION: A dramatic image of the destruction of the U.S.S. Maine. <br><br> The firm of Kurz and Allison were a major publisher of chromolithographs during the late 19th century. Based in Chicago, they built their reputation on large colorful prints depicting various battles of the American Civil War. In all, a set of 36 battle scenes were produced They also published views of the Spanish–American War, portraits of important figures of the day, historical events and natural disasters. <br><br> Harry T. Peters talks about the firm of Kurz & Allison in his book "America on Stone" (Doubleday, 1931). Louis Kurz came to America from Austria in1848. He fought in the Civil War on the Union side and was a personal friend of Abraham Lincon. Peters commends the firms "pure, wild and unadulterated American lithography".<br><br> Two column's of text one on each side of the title describe the ship and its armaments.


  • CONDITION: Very good condition and color.


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