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Title:
Currier and Ives : America imagined
Author:
LeBeau, Bryan F.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Smithsonian Institution Press, [2001]

©2001
Physical Description:
x, 380 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
The "best" lithography company -- Creating a usable past -- Responding to Civil War -- Imagining the frontier -- Picturing urban and rural life in America -- Views of the American family -- Images of African Americans and Irish Americans -- Graphic humor and political commentary -- American pride and play.
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ISBN:
9781560989905
Format :
Book

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Orchard Park Library NE2312.C8 L43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

This is a study of the range of Currier & Ives lithographic images produced during the 19th century. When Nathaniel Currier started his publishing business in 1834, the mass production of visual images was almost unknown. Currier and his partner, James Ives, mass-produced inexpensive lithographs and sold millions of copies that adorned countless homes, businesses and even barns. The Currier & Ives catalogue included some 7000 works by dozens of artists, accounting for 95 per cent of all lithographs purchased nationwide. This book places these images in historical context as meaningful representations and reflections of American values, beliefs, hopes and dreams.


Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. 1
1 The "Best" Lithography Companyp. 11
2 Creating a Usable Pastp. 31
3 Responding to Civil Warp. 69
4 Imagining the Frontierp. 109
5 Picturing Urban and Rural Life in Americap. 149
6 Views of the American Familyp. 181
7 Images of African Americans and Irish Americansp. 215
8 Graphic Humor and Political Commentaryp. 257
9 American Pride and Playp. 292
Epilogue: Decline, Demise, and Revivalp. 332
Notesp. 339
Indexp. 369

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