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Currier and Ives

Currier and Ives was a firm headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895). Currier and Ives described itself as "Publishers of Cheap and Popular Pictures." Their pictures were indeed hugely popular. From 1835 to 1907 they produced over a million prints by a process of hand-colored lithography. The colors were applied in an assembly-line style of operation by German immigrant girls, each of which added a single color to the print.

Today, original Currier and Ives prints are much sought-after by collectors, and modern reproductions of them are popular decorations.

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Charles R. Parsons:
Central-Park, Winter: The Skating Pond
Published by Currier & Ives, 1862
Museum of the City of New York, Harry T. Peters Collection