Friday, January 08, 2016

Very Rare Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Line Poster

A spectacular and very rare display poster, advertising the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific line and its connections with the newly completed transcontinental railroad.



Antique Railroad Poster - Circa 1880


The Chicago Rock Island & Pacific Railroad was formed in 1866 and by 1870 was a key part of the first trans-continental rail route, connecting with the Union Pacific Railroad at Omaha and Kansas City. The focal point is a vibrant three-color panel at top bearing the title and a map of the Chicago Rock Island & Pacific network. Below this many lines of colored type list destinations served by the railway and its connections, and there is a delightful cutaway view of a Palace Dining Car. The varied and energetic design communicates the excitement of a time when comfortable, high-speed transcontinental travel was still a novelty. This original antique poster, usually found only in museums, comes archivally matted and measures 21" x 13" at the printed border. This poster, a distinguished piece of history, is for a connoisseur of fine antique items. There may be some other minor repairs, staining or discoloration, which are commonly found on prints from the 19th century. The poster is nonetheless in extraordinary condition for such a rarity, with vibrant color and a dramatic appearance. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from The Caren Archive.

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