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Auction 101, Lot 492

"Completion of the Pacific Railroad, May 10, 1869…", Anon.

Subject: United States - Railroad

Period: 1869 (dated)

Publication: Harper's Weekly

Color: Black & White

21 x 14 inches
53.3 x 35.6 cm
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One of the finest engravings we've seen that celebrates the completion of the Pacific Railroad. The large central image (16" x 7.3") features a huge crowd cheering a flag-bearing locomotive crossing a trestle. The lower panel features symbolic cities, and a lovely vignette of a side-wheeled sailing ship. A very handsome tribute to one of the most important events in U.S. history. Published in the May 29th edition.


Condition: A

Marginal toning, and clean and invisible splits top and bottom along fold.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $85

Closed on 12/4/2002