Caught Our Eyes: An Engineering Marvel

This item from the Popular Graphic Arts collection recently caught the eye of Phil Michel,  Digital Conversion Coordinator in the Prints & Photographs Division.

The iron steam ship "Great Eastern" 22,500 tons: constructed under the direction of I.K. Brunel, F.R.S. -- D.C.L. commanded by Capt. William Harrison. Print by Currier & Ives, copyrighted 1858.

The iron steam ship “Great Eastern” 22,500 tons: constructed under the direction of I.K. Brunel, F.R.S. — D.C.L. commanded by Capt. William Harrison. Print by Currier & Ives, copyrighted 1858. //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pga.00795

Phil commented, “Early engineering marvels often catch my eye. Some of the ships, buildings, bridges, tunnels, etc., that were built in the industrial age were just phenomenal in their scale. I also like the combination of technologies…sailing masts and sidewheels.”

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