Currier & Ives Include "The Lightning Steam Press" in their Progress of the Century

Currier & Ives, The Progress of the Century
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A modern offset printed reproduction of the original hand-colored lithograph.

In 1876, to commemorate the first centenary of the United States Currier & Ives issued a hand-colored lithograph entitled The Progress of the Century. The image depicted men working with "The Lightning Steam Press. The Electric Telegraph. The Locomotive. The Steamboat."

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