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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jay T. Last Collection of American Transportation Prints and Ephemera
    Dates (inclusive): 1826-approximately 1911
    Bulk dates: 1840-1905
    Collection Number: priJLC_TRAN
    Collector: Last, Jay T.
    Extent: approximately 740 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Prints and Ephemera
    Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: 626-405-3473
    Email: lastcollection@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The Jay T. Last Collection of American Transportation Prints and Ephemera contains more than 730 printed items that relate to land-based modes of transportation primarily in the United States from the 1820s to the early 1900s. The bulk of the collection dates from 1840 to 1905 and consists largely of advertising and promotional materials, business records, and illustrations produced for or pertaining to the bicycle, carriage and wagon, railroad, and freight and passenger transport industries.
    Language: English.
    Note:
    Finding aid last updated on December 9, 2013.

    Administration Information

    Access

    The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please visit the Huntington's website: www.huntington.org.  

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Call number]. Jay T. Last Collection of American Transportation Prints and Ephemera, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Provenance

    This collection forms part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Lithographic and Social History, which was donated to the Huntington Library by Jay T. Last in 2005 as a gift in progress. The bulk of the transportation prints and ephemera were transferred to the Library between 2010 and 2012.

    Background

    The Jay T. Last Collection is an unparalleled archive of printed paper artifacts that documents American lithographic history. The collection began in the early 1970s when physicist and Silicon Valley pioneer Jay Last moved to Southern California and started collecting citrus box labels he found at local flea markets and rummage sales. As his collection grew, Last realized that these labels conveyed important information about commercial printing, graphic design, and social history, and he expanded his collection to include other forms of American visual culture. Today this collection contains more than 185,000 lithographic prints, posters, and ephemera of mostly 19th and early 20th century American origin and represents works by more than five hundred lithographic companies.

    Related materials in the Huntington Library

    Note

    The Huntington Library Historical Prints Collection contains two related items (priHHC_TRAN_0000006 and priHHC_TRAN_0000007) that are listed in the "Related Materials" section of the Carriage and Wagon (large-size) subseries within this finding aid.

    Scope and Content

    The Jay T. Last Collection of American Transportation Prints and Ephemera contains more than 730 printed items that relate to land-based modes of transportation primarily in the United States from the 1820s to the early 1900s. The bulk of the collection dates from 1840 to 1905 and consists largely of advertising and promotional materials, business records, and illustrations produced for or pertaining to the bicycle, carriage and wagon, railroad, and freight and passenger transport industries.
    Materials are arranged in two series: small-size items (11 x 14 inches or less) and large-size items (more than 11 x 14 inches). Small-size items are described broadly at the series level; large-size items are fully inventoried, and all printers, artists, and publishers are indexed by name.
    The collection has 167 large-size items consisting of advertising cards, posters, broadsides, system maps, timetables, views, and other visual materials primarily produced for railroad companies, with additional items concerning vehicle and part manufacturers such as wheel works, carriage builders, bicycle manufacturers, and locomotive machine shops.
    Small-size items in the collection number more than 570 and are comprised mainly of advertising and promotional ephemera and business documents such as printed booklets, business cards, calendars, catalogs, envelopes, handbills, labels, leaflets, postcards, trade cards, and separated book and periodical illustrations, as well as stationery with printed billheads and letterheads filled out with manuscript or typewritten correspondence.
    The collection touches on topics of transportation, commerce and manufacturing, technology and engineering, travel and tourism, and geography. The images are primarily promotional in nature and provide information about the history of the American railroad, bicycle, and horse-drawn vehicle industries and the evolution of their advertising strategies in the 19th and early 20th centuries. As graphic materials, the prints offer evidence of the development of printmaking techniques and trends, and of the artists, engravers, lithographers, printers, and publishers involved in the creation of these prints.

    Alternative Form of Materials Available

    Visit the Huntington Digital Library: Jay T. Last Collection   to view digitized items from this collection.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged broadly by size in the following series and subseries:
    • Series I. Transportation Prints and Ephemera (small size)
      • Subseries A. Bicycle (small size)
      • Subseries B. Carriage and Wagon (small size)
      • Subseries C. Railroad (small size)
    • Series II. Transportation Prints and Ephemera (large size)
      • Subseries A. Bicycle (large size)
      • Subseries B. Carriage and Wagon (large size)
      • Subseries C. Railroad (large size)

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

    Genres

    Broadsides.
    Chromolithographs.
    Engravings.
    Intaglio prints.
    Lithographs.
    Maps.
    Posters.
    Prints.
    Relief prints.
    Timetables.
    Views.

    Subjects

    Advertising -- Bicycle industry.
    Advertising -- Carriages and carts.
    Advertising -- Railroads.
    Advertising -- Tires.
    Bicycles -- Pictorial works.
    Bridges -- Pictorial works.
    Carriages and carts -- Pictorial works.
    Landscapes -- Pictorial works.
    Locomotives -- Design and construction -- Pictorial works.
    Locomotives -- Pictorial works.
    Pictorial maps.
    Railroad cars -- Design and construction.
    Railroad companies.
    Railroad passenger cars -- Pictorial works.
    Railroad stations -- Pictorial works.
    Railroad travel -- Pictorial works.
    Railroads -- Buildings and structures -- Pictorial works.
    Railroads -- History -- Pictorial works.
    Railroads -- Pictorial works.
    Railroads -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
    Railroads -- United States -- Maps.
    Tire industry.
    Tourism -- Pictorial works.
    Transportation -- Pictorial works.
    Transportation equipment industry.
    Wagons -- Pictorial works.
    United States -- Maps.

    Printer, Publisher, Artist Index

    The following is a complete list of printers, publishers, and artists represented in the collection.
    Allen, Lane & Scott.
    American Bank Note Company.
    American Industrial Publishing Co.
    Annin, William B., 1791?-1839.
    Ashby & Vincent.
    Beyer, Edward, 1820-1865.
    Bien, Julius, 1826-1909.
    Bigot, Alphonse, approximately 1828-1872 or 1873.
    Bingham & Dodd.
    Brett, Alphonse.
    Britton & Rey.
    Bufford, John Henry, 1810-1870.
    Burch, J. A.
    Callahan & Co.
    Calvert Lithographing Co. (Detroit, Mich.)
    Camerer, Wm.
    Cameron, Amberg & Co.
    Chapin, John Reuben, 1823-1894.
    Charles Van Benthuysen & Sons.
    Chas. H. Crosby & Co.
    Chatto & Windus (Firm)
    Cincinnati Lith. Co.
    Clapp, Matthews & Co.
    Clark W. Bryan & Co.
    Clarke, W. A. (Advertising manager)
    Clay, Cosack & Co.
    Compton & Company.
    Concanen, Alfred.
    Cook, Charles, 1812-1863.
    Corning Journal.
    Cotsworth, Moses B. (Moses Bruine), 1859-1943.
    Courier Company.
    Crawford, C. G.
    Crosby, Charles H., 1819-1896.
    Culver, Page, Hoyne & Co.
    Cushing, John Dean, 1795-1866.
    Daily Argus Chromotype Press.
    Damrell & Moore.
    Dickman-Jones Co.
    Drummond, Dominick I., approximately 1830-1899.
    Edwards, J. H., 1808-1879.
    Endicott & Co. (New York, N.Y.)
    Endicott & Swett.
    Erie Railway.
    Feger, D. H.
    Fisk & Russell.
    Forbes Lithograph Manufacturing Company.
    Forbriger, Adolphus A., -1869.
    Forney, Matthias N. (Matthias Nace), 1835-1908.
    Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Frizzell, S. S. (Samuel S.), 1843-1895.
    Gazette Print (Columbus, Ohio.)
    Geo. C. Rand & Avery.
    Geo. H. Walker & Co.
    Geo. Schlegel (Firm)
    Gies & Co.
    Graphic Company.
    Grebner, Charles.
    Hartwell, Alonzo, 1805-1873.
    Hatch Lith. Co.
    Haugg, Louis, 1856-1894.
    Haven, John.
    Heffron & Phelps.
    Henderson Lithographing Co.
    Henry Seibert & Bros.
    Hoessli, J. R.
    Horn, Solon, 1813 or 1814-1899.
    J.E. Farwell & Co.
    J.H. Bufford's Lith.
    J.H. Colton & Co.
    J.M.W. Jones Stationery & Printing Co.
    James Ballantyne and Co.
    Jarmy, Thos.
    Jno. B. Jeffery Pr. Co.
    Johnstone, E. McD., -1895.
    Julius Bien & Co.
    Kilburn & Cross.
    Kilburn, Samuel Smith.
    Knight & Porter.
    Knight, Leonard & Co.
    Kollner, Augustus, 1813-1906.
    Krebs Lithographing Company
    L. Johnson & Co.
    L.H. Bradford & Co.
    Lane, Fitz Henry, 1804-1865.
    Levison & Blythe.
    Lewis, Charles E. (Lithographer)
    Longacre & Co.
    Lord, C. K.
    Maerz & Co.
    Manning, John H., approximately 1820-.
    Matthews & Warren.
    Matthews-Northrup Company.
    McGoffin, John, 1813-.
    Milton Bradley & Co.
    Mitchell, S. Augustus, Jr. (Samuel Augustus)
    Mone, F.
    More, Geo. W.
    Morris, C. N. (Printer)
    Morse, George Frederick, 1834-1926.
    National Railway Publication Company.
    Nesbitt, George F.
    New England Lithographic Co.
    New England Street Railway Club.
    New York Lithographing and Engraving Co.
    News Job Print.
    Niagara Lithograph Co.
    Oertel, Johannes Adam Simon, 1823-1909.
    Onken's Lith.
    Ord, Jonathan.
    Otis, Fessenden N. (Fessenden Nott), 1825-1900.
    P.S. Duval & Co.
    Parsons, Charles, 1821-1910.
    Pease, Richard H., 1813-1869.
    Perrin, P. I., 1812-1896.
    Perry Mason & Co.
    Pickersgill, W. C.
    Plate, G. (Engraver)
    Poole Bros.
    Poole Brothers.
    Press Co. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Rand Avery Supply Co.
    Rand McNally and Company.
    Rand, Avery & Co.
    Raphael Tuck & Sons.
    Reuter, Emil.
    Richardson & Foos.
    Rogers, Fred, 1832-1870.
    Rosenthal, L. N. (Louis N.)
    Rosenthal, Max, 1833-1918.
    Ruddock, David S.
    Russell & Richardson.
    Sage, Sons & Co.
    Sanford, Warren & Harroun.
    Sartain, Samuel, 1830-1906.
    Schell, Francis H., 1834-1909.
    Sears, A. T.
    Shober & Carqueville.
    St. Louis Democrat Litho. & Printing Co.
    St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
    Stauffer, Jacob, 1808-.
    Stein, A., 1835-1900.
    Stone Printing and Manufacturing Company (Roanoke, Va.)
    T. Sinclair's Lith.
    Tanner, Henry Schenck, 1786-1858.
    Thomas & Lathrops.
    Times Printing House.
    Transcript Print.
    Van Benthuysen, C. (Charles), 1817-1881.
    Ware Bros. Co.
    Watson, Gaylord.
    Weed, Parsons & Co.
    Weissenborn, G. (Gustavus)
    Werner Company.
    Wilstach, Baldwin & Co.
    Wm. P. Northrup & Co.
    Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co.
    Woodward, Tiernan, and Hale.
    Wright, Ransom C.