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1907 American Locomotive Antique Print

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This charming print of the “American Locomotive” was found in The Americana – A Universal Reference Library published in 1907. While the book was published in 1907 many of the articles were re-used from earlier editions. The Americana has a long history going back to the first edition that was comprised of 13 volumes and published between 1829 and 1833 by Carey, Lear & Carey of Philadelphia. There were numerous editions between then and 1902 when a new version in 16 volumes was published under the editorial supervision of Scientific American magazine with Frederick Converse Beach as the editor-in-chief. From 1907 to 1912 when this print was published the complete set of work was known only as The Americana. Today, called The Encyclopedia Americana, and published by Scholastic; it is one of the largest general encyclopedias in the English language. This beautiful print provides a unique and timeless look back in our history.

There is uniform yellowing of this page with slight edge wear. The paper quality is in line with a publication from that time period that was intended for mass distribution yet still had gold gilt along the top edge. The actual images are also typical of the printing process available at that time and what you would expect of a print that is well over 100 years old. The rough edge from the binding has been removed but that is the only "altering" that has taken place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during display or shipment. All mat materials are acid and lignin free, the actual print is not archival safe. The original book measured approximately 6” x 9-1/4” but the book plate is being sold custom matted to fit in a 9x12 standard frame.

Antique book prints are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make great one of a kind gifts for the holidays, a birthday, wedding, or housewarming, as they are always beautiful, unique and unusual. Browse our store for other antique prints in this series to complete a matching wall grouping or for other areas of interest.

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1907 American Locomotive Antique Print


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: original antique book illustration, mat, cardstock
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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