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. //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.”
- View some of the other feats of engineering represented in the Popular Graphic Arts Collection, which consists of prints created ca. 1700-1900 that were sometimes used for advertising and educational purposes: bridges, railroads, ships, and tunnels (cartoons are also found in the Popular Graphic Arts Collection, see if you spot the image that offers an “insiders” perspective on a tunnel!).
- Explore some of the other Prints & Photographs Division collections that feature wonders of the built environment:
One of my favorite buildings in Washington, D.C. is the Pension Building, which is now the National Building Museum. Between the grandeur of the hall and the beautiful brick exterior with its carved frieze, it stands out in a city of grand buildings. While still under construction in 1885, it was also the site for […]
The following is a guest post by Helena Zinkham, Chief, Prints & Photographs Division. Since readers of this blog are fans of pictures, I’d like to introduce you today to the Flickr Commons, where you can enjoy intriguing images gathered together from many places. Since the Flickr Commons launched on January 16, 2008, more than 250,000 photographs […]
The following is a guest post by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints. Picking a favorite Rembrandt might sound about as reasonable as choosing a favorite star or a single book to take to a desert island. But I do have a favorite–Rembrandt’s 1648 etching St. Jerome beside a Pollard Willow. St. Jerome (ca. 342-420) has […]