Currier and Ives was a print company that produced many famous lithographs of American life, especially winter life often featured on Christmas cards. The company was liquidated soon into the 20th century and is remembered for its keen ability to capture the highs and lows of the second half of the 19th century and notably the highs and lows of American wars.
Nathaniel Currier, along with others in the company, created the lithographs, and James Merritt Ives was the business side. Ives had a knack for the books and knew what the public liked to see. Together Currier and Ives produced iconic images of American history such as Lincoln’s assassination above, the Battle of Gettysburg, the storming of Fort Wagner, Molly Pitcher, and many other images.
Currier and Ives images were often accused of inaccurate presentation, but their popularity never suffered. The company even expanded to Europe due to their prints being in such high demand as they continued to grow from 1834 to 1907. Currier and Ives produced over 7,000 images during their 73 years of business.
View more of their classic images at Currier and Ives Gallery.