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The Rail Road Suspension Bridge Near Niagara Falls - Currier & Ives hand-coloured litho print
[New York], Currier & Ives 1857 - Image: 39.2 x 26.2 cm (15.4” x 10.3”) Currier & Ives hand-coloured lithograph Titled: 'The Railroad Suspension Bridge, Near Niagara Falls; Length of Bridge 822 Feet, Height Above Water 240 Feet', 1856, John A. Roebling, Engineer (builder of the Brooklyn Bridge). The image was printed from two lithographic stones: a tint stone, in light brown ink; and a key stone in black ink. Watercolour in greens, blues reds and browns¬†was hand-applied over the printed image print and was professionally cleaned and washed along with filling of any paper losses and reinforcing with Japanese tissue, otherwise, very good condition.¬† Opening of the Suspension Bridge in 1855 (which stood from 1855 to 1877). A hand-colored lithograph of the Niagara Suspension Bridge, showing the Niagara Falls in the background and the Maid of the Mist in the waters below. The architecture of the bridge is visible in this picture This print was copyrighted by Nathaniel Currier in 1856 and was published a year later just after James Ives became Currier's partner. Artist: Parsons, Charles, 1821-1910. Signatures and inscriptions Inscribed. Signed. Dated. Inscription: Inscribed in the print, lower border, "John A. Roebling, Esq. Engineer. Entered.1856, by N. Currier . Southern District of N.Y. C. Parsons [sic] Del. The Railroad Suspension Bridge Near Niagara Falls. Length of Bridge 822 feet. Height above water 240 feet. New York, Pub'd. by Currier & Ives 152 Nassau Street." The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was the world's first working railway suspension bridge Suspension bridge. A suspension bridge is a type of bridge in which the deck is hung below suspension cables on vertical suspenders. This type of bridge has It spanned and stood downstream of The Niagara Falls are voluminous waterfalls on the Niagara River, straddling the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York from 1855 to 1897. Connecting Niagara Falls, USA to Niagara Falls, Ontario. Conningham: 5056; Gale: 5479; McKinsey: 100; Seibel1: 26. "The Great International Railway Suspension Bridge over the Niagara River completed in 1855 by John Augustus Roebling, who later built the Brooklyn Bridge, was the first successful railway suspension bridge in the world. Ferdinand Richardt frequently painted Niagara Falls, but as the engraving after his painting shows, the bridge began to rival the falls as a national icon. "The Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge was the world’s first working railway suspension bridge. It spanned 825 feet (251 m) and stood 2.5 miles (4.0 km) downstream of Niagara Falls from 1855 to 1897. Connecting Niagara Falls, Ontario to Niagara Falls, New York (the two cities assimilated the towns at the ends of the bridge by 1892), the bridge carried mixed traffic on its two decks across the Niagara River; trains crossed over the river by way of the bridge’s upper deck while pedestrians and carriages used the lower. As the bridge was the result of a collaboration of two companies from two countries, it was also known by its American name, the International Suspension Bridge. What is interesting is how small the actual falls are depicted. In fact, the cataract is visible only under the bridge." Wikipedia.
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