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Auction 179, Lot 132


"The Great International Railway Suspension Bridge Over the Niagara River, Connecting the New York Central and the Great Western of Canada Railways",

Subject: Niagara Falls, New York, Canada

Period: 1862 (published)

Publication: The Illustrated London News

Color: Black & White

20.3 x 13.6 inches
51.6 x 34.5 cm
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Published in the January 18, 1862 issue of The Illustrated London News, this striking engraving depicts John Augustus Roebling's Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, the world's first operational railway suspension bridge. The bridge was opened in March 1855 and operated until 1897, when it was replaced by the Steel Arch Bridge, a bridge better suited for the heavier modern trains. It spanned the United States-Canadian border and featured a lower deck for pedestrian and carriage traffic. In the engraving, Niagara Falls can be seen in the distance.


Condition: A

On watermarked paper with a few small binding holes and minor toning along the centerfold.

Estimate: $60 - $80

Sold for: $75

Closed on 9/16/2020