Lithographs

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Lithography uses a stone or metal plate to create a copy of a printed page or artwork. The process was invented in 1796 by actor/author Alois Senefelder as a cheap way to print theater posters but has been used continuously since then (with improvements along the way). These are some examples of lithography during the past 200 years.

Advertising or large business card shows two vignettes, on the left, a man is sitting at a table, drawing on a lithograph stone, and on the right, is an interior view of the lithographic establishment with men inking stones and operating presses.
Lithograph of hats designed in the Paris atelier of Madame Carlier in 1897. I know that shoes are the new hats but I kind of miss the days when hats were so much fun and so ubiquitous. The joke in the first half of the 20th century was when a woman was depressed, you could cheer her up by hat shopping. The litho says that the models are Jane Harding, Baronne de Carlsberg, and Suzanne, actresses at the Gymnase theater (a theater in Paris that also trained young actors). Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress, litho appeared in the Millinery Trade Review. New York
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Added Oct 28, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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Ivory Soap advertisement from 1898 showing a pioneer washing with Ivory soap at his campsite. The poster says: Title: "You need only one soap - Ivory soap." Bottom: "Pure - first quality, not expensive Will wash anything no chapping It Floats" Consider the fact that for generations, people had made their own lye soap. (Some still did.) Lye soap was caustic, not a wonderful experience for clothes or body. Procter and Gamble was saying that you could use Ivory for your clothes, your dishes, and your body. It worked and it didn't burn. That's why it is still around today! Poster courtesy of the Library of Congress, The Strobridge Lithograph Co
Added Oct 21, 2011 by: Kathy Pinna
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A Currier & Ives lithograph from 1876.
A photo of a lithograph of five elephants playing tubas. Ringling Bros. World's Greatest Shows ... the Funny, Wonderful Elephant Brass Band
This lithograph is from a very rare book of picture of the Ohio River Valley. William Hubbard Mallory b 1832 was the youngest son of Jasper Mallory and Harriet L Newton who moved from Milford Ct to Ohio c 1805. Amanda McCoy was a descendant of Cornelius Atkinson, frontier ranger. Son James married Martha Brown who was related to William H Mallory's brother, Dewitt Clinton Mallory's wife, Eleanor Brown.
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Bekeffy de Velya and Bekeffy de Terbus family coat of arms.
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1852 - 1928 1852 - 1928
This is a photo of Déjeuner à trois (the breakfast) / chromo-lithographed... added by Ancient Faces on January 9, 2012.
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A photo of a poster advertisement for Overman Wheel Company's Victor bicycles, showing a woman watching another woman riding a bicycle. Includes art nouveau style flowers.
Tobacco label showing beautiful girl near fence, looking out to sea through her binoculars.
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This is a photo of Parade with lion in cage on wagon, circus tent in added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
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This is a photo of Osceola of Florida / drawn on stone by Geo. Catlin, from... added by Ancient Faces on January 11, 2012.
A chromolithograph of a woman, standing in the snow, holding holly in her apron. The title is "A Fair Puritan".
Spring Frog, a Cherokee chief / drawn, printed & coloured at I.T. Bowens Lithographic Establishment.
A lithograph of Major Ridge, who supported acculturation of the Cherokee.
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1771 - Jun 22, 1839 1771 - 1839
John Ross, a Cherokee chief / drawn, printed & coloured at the Lithographic & Print Colouring Establishment.
The Mexicans evacuating Vera Cruz, and surrendering their arms to the U.S. Army, under Genl. Scott / Lith. & pub. by Sarony & Major, N.Y.
This is a photo of Asseola, a Seminole leader / drawn, printed, & coloured... added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
Girl holding doll and boy with dog in waiting room at railroad station] / The Strobridge Litho Co., Cincinnati, O. U.S.A.
A lithograph of Abraham Lincoln & Mary Todd Lincoln greeting Union generals, Cabinet members, & others at a reception.
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Feb 12, 1809 - Apr 15, 1865 1809 - 1865
This is a photo of San Francisco. Bird's-eye view / drawn & lithographed by... added by Ancient Faces on January 10, 2012.
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