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Goss High Speed Straightline Sextuple Press, Photograph, 1910s
This large framed photograph advertises a newspaper printing press highlighting the complexity and sophistication of the huge piece of machinery as evidence of its advanced technology. The photograph, dating from around the 1910s, is set in its original mat with printed advertising slogans, all in its original stained oak frame.
President John F. Kennedy 1962 Birthday Gala Program
Program and ticket to the gala all-star celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s birthday, held in Madison Square Garden as a Democratic fundraiser on May 19, 1962. This is the event where Marilyn Monroe famously sang a sultry version of “Happy Birthday, Mr. President.”
Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times] 1591
Stradanus and Galle also produced this richly illustrated title page for Nova Reperta [New Inventions of Modern Times] in 1591, including a map and symbols of inventions and discoveries of the post-classical era from the printing press and the mechanical clock to silk production and distillery equipment. A figure of a young woman representing the future enters the landscape and points to a map of the New World, as a corresponding figure of an elderly man, representing the past, is walks away.
Patriotic Civil War Print, 1864
"In Right Is Might" patriotic allegorical lithograph published in 1864 during the American Civil War to promote a fundraising event for the U.S. Sanitary Commission, a relief agency that had been established in 1861 to care for the injured on the battlefield, transport the wounded, aid disabled veterans, and assist soldiers’ families. Drawn by prominent portraitist and genre painter Seymour Joseph Guy, it was published in conjunction with the Brooklyn and Long Island Fair.
Siege of Havana Antique Prints after Dominic Serres, London, c. 1764-65
Two views from a series of 12 prints documenting the Siege of Havana, Cuba, in 1762, the last major operation of the Seven Years War, a global war fought between five major powers between 1756 and 1763. Both views were derived by marine painter Dominic Serres from eyewitness sketches made during these events by Lieutenant Philip Orsbridge, who had served at Havana. Orsbridge had them engraved and published.
French Sailing Galley, Antique Print after de Passebon, Marseille, c. 1690
Finely executed maritime engraving of a French galley under full sail in the Mediterranean, with the shoreline in the distance. Smoke billows from a cooking stove behind a smaller boat — each inside the large galley towards the middle. This was printed as part of a series of 17 folio copperplate engravings of French and Turkish vessels active in the Mediterranean executed by Claude Randon after drawings by French naval officer Henri Sbonski de Passebon.
Allegory, Weight of the Bible, Protestant Reformation, Antique Print, French, c. 1562
An early allegorical and satirical engraving about the response of the Catholic Church to the Protestant Reformation in the mid 16th century. The image is divided between representations of the two opposing groups with a huge scale suspended from the ceiling in the middle. Leaders and proponents of the Catholic Church, aided by a little devil, are no match for their counterparts of the Reformation who have tipped the scale decidedly in their favor with nothing but a huge bible.
Stradanus, Equus Hispanus from Equile Ioannis Austriaci, Antique Engraving, 17th-18th C.
Old master horse portrait from a series of 43 engravings depicting horses of different breeds from the stables of John of Austria (1547-1578), son of Emperor Charles V. Equus Hispanus is a Spanish horse.
Stradanus, Appulus from Equile Ioannis Austriaci, Engraving, 17th-18th C.
Old master horse portrait from a series of 43 engravings depicting horses of different breeds from the stables of John of Austria (1547-1578), son of Emperor Charles V. Appulus depicts an Apulian horse (i.e. from a region of Italy).
Wenceslaus Hollar engravings of The Four Seasons (1641)
Set of four old master allegorical etchings by Wenceslaus Hollar of the seasons. Each season is represented by a three-quarter length portrait of a beautiful, fashionably dressed woman wearing seasonal clothing and standing beside a table with seasonal items. Below each figure is a pair of anonymous verses, in Latin on the left and in English on the right, about dressing for the weather and other things portrayed in the prints.
View of the Neptune House, New Rochelle, N.Y. 1840s
Rare lithograph prospect view of Neptune House, a large multistory summer resort on Neptune Island in Long Island Sound. This print likely was intended as a promotional advertisement for the resort, built in 1837 in the center of a wooded island as a getaway for New York City residents. One section of the original hotel still stands today, divided into four private homes. Part of the island is now a public park.
View of the Paris Exhibition of 1878
Large and detailed chromolithograph of an international world's fair, spanning from the newly built Palace du Trocadero to the Palace of the Champs de Mars, with top and bottom borders showing facades of the pavilions of various exhibiting countries. In the sky is a steam-driven balloon from which visitors enjoyed the view from 600 meters in the air. The exhibition was an effort to revitalize the French economy after the Franco-Prussian War. It succeeded in attracting over 16 million visitors.
The Ascent of the Matterhorn, July 14, 1865
The first successful ascent of the Matterhorn occurred on July 14, 1865, a landmark event in the history of mountaineering. The challenging peak was conquered by a team of three Alpine guides and four British adventurers. This is one of two prints related to the event published simultaneously by the major European print publisher Goupil & Cie. after paintings by the French artist Gustave Doré, a leading artist of narrative subjects in the Romantic vein. This print is apparently rare.
ZOOMING: We love how information we find online gives a backstory to old prints, like this 1930 etching of a Chicago air race titled "Zooming." Turns out that the airplane's designer, Matty Laird, rushed it into production and built it just for the race in one month. After being tested for a mere ten minutes in the air, aviator Charles "Speed" Holman went on to win the 100-mile event and set a closed-course, non-military speed record.
Colorful lithograph of a football game depicting a field goal kicked in The Last Five Seconds, drawn on stone by the prolific artist Dong Kingman and commissioned by American Express in 1971 as a limited edition print. Kingman was a prolific Chinese-American artist whose work ranged from watercolors to murals to artwork for major motion pictures. He also designed the Hong Kong pavilion for the 1964 New York World's Fair.
This vintage poster advertises the 1940 Chicago Bears home games at Wrigley Field with the slogan, "The Team of Stars" and portraits of five players. Two of them wound up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Fun fact: The 1940 bears went on to win the NFL championship that year, in the most lopsided championship score in NFL history: 73-0 against the Washington Redskins.
72 top cricket players and patrons are portrayed in this Victorian-era lithograph of A Cricket Match Between Sussex and Kent played in Brighton, England, on a pitch known as The Level. Based on an 1840s painting, it was published by Selig Lipschitz around the 1860s to 1880s.
In "His Old Demesne," three aristocratic riders on horseback stop on a hill of an English country estate to have a smoke and quick swig from a flask. This fine print was published in the 2nd quarter of the 20th century by Frost & Reed after a painting byBritish sporting artist Sir Alfred James Munnings, who signed the print in pencil. Skilled at painting horses, this image shows why Munnings also has a reputation as a keen observer of social behavior.
Leonardo da Vinci, who died 500 years ago yesterday, which is an astonishing thought, since the fascination with him as the personification of the Renaissance man has never faded. This 18th-century color-printed etching and engraving by Carlo Lasinio was based on a painting that was long believed to be a self-portrait, but in 1938 x-ray analysis showed it was made at least 100 years after he died. Yet this picture conveys what he may have looked like as a vibrant young man.
Portrait etching of the avant garde American painter James McNeill Whistler by Jacques Reich after an 1897 painting by the popular portraitist Giovanni Boldini that is now in the collection of the Brooklyn Museum. The limited edition print includes a remarque of the head of Whistler’s mother in the lower right margin, sketched after one of Whistler’s most famous paintings — you get extra credit if you know that painting’s title. (Hint: it’s not “Whistler’s Mother.”)
Typhon, half man, half serpent, is described in the caption as a gigantic and powerful monster from whom the gods fled in terror to Egypt, where out of fear they transformed themselves into beasts; Typhon was finally subdued by thunderbolts thrown by Zeus, and buried beneath Mt. Etna. This is a from a set of 205 theatrical costume designs for beasts and monsters from Greek mythology from a collection by Johann Messelreuter published in Germany in 1723.
Minotaur, an upright bull with human face and hands, is shown in what the caption describes as the “mad garden” built by Daedalus, alluding to the labyrinth where according to Ancient Greek myth he resided until he was eventually killed by the Athenian hero Theseus. This is a from a set of 205 theatrical costume designs for beasts and monsters from Greek mythology from a collection by Johann Messelreuter published in Germany in 1723.
Lycaon, a king of Arcadia, is depicted, as the caption explains, after having been punished by Zeus by being turned into a wolf. This is a from a set of 205 theatrical costume designs for beasts and monsters from Greek mythology from a collection by Johann Messelreuter published in Germany in 1723.
THE CHICKEN LADY: Portrait photograph of Nancy Luce (1814?-1890), a farmer in Martha's Vineyard, MA. She achieved local fame as the eccentric "Chicken Lady" when she erected marble headstones on her farm dedicated to the memory of her beloved deceased chickens. The site became a roadside tourist attraction that she capitalized on by selling visitors photographs she had commissioned of herself holding chickens (such as this one), along with booklets of poetry she had written about them.