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Currier and Ives was the most prolific and successful company of lithographers in the U.S. Its lithographs represented every phase of American life, and included the themes of hunting, fishing, whaling, city life, rural scenes, historical scenes, clipper ships, yachts, steamships, the Mississippi River, Hudson River scenes, railroads, politics, comedy, gold mining, winter scenes, commentary on life, portraits, and still life. Hand-operated printing presses occupied the third floor. Artists, stone grinders, and lithographers worked on the fourth floor, Colorists worked on the fifth floor. Small works sold for from five to twenty cents each and large works sold for $1 to $3 a piece. The Currier and Ives firm branched out from its central shop in New York City to sell prints via pushcart vendors, peddlers and book stores. The firm sold retail as well as wholesale, establishing outlets in cities across the country and in London. It also sold work through the mail, and internationally through a London office and agents in Europe. The 19th-century Victorian public, with its interest in current events and sentimental taste, was receptive to the firm's products. Currier and Ives prints were among the most popular wall hangings of the day. In 1872, the Currier and Ives catalog proudly proclaimed: "... our Prints have become a staple article... in great demand in every part of the country... In fact without exception, all that we have published have met with a quick and ready sale." Currier & Ives prints were among the household decorations considered appropriate for a proper home by Catharine Esther Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe, authors of American Woman's Home (1869): "The great value of pictures for the home would be, after all, in their sentiment. They should express the sincere ideas and tastes of the household and not the tyrannical dicta of some art critic or neighbor."


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Currier and Ives The Horse Gold Dust

Currier and Ives The Horse Gold Dust

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-Bring Up Your Horse

Currier and Ives-Bring Up Your Horse

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-Eager For The Race

Currier and Ives-Eager For The Race

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-Grey Eagle Trotter

Currier and Ives-Grey Eagle Trotter

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-Horse Hambleton

Currier and Ives-Horse Hambleton

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-M.H.Alexander's Horse c1840

Currier and Ives-M.H.Alexander's Horse c1840

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-My Three White Kitty's

Currier and Ives-My Three White Kitty's

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-The Horse Kingston

Currier and Ives-The Horse Kingston

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-The Horse Mambrino

Currier and Ives-The Horse Mambrino

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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Currier and Ives-The Horseman Of The Period

Currier and Ives-The Horseman Of The Period

The legendary printmaking firm of Currier & Ives created exceptionally popular, iconic 19th-century American art. The business’ founder, Nathaniel...



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