This spring Macculloch Hall Historical Museum (MHHM) will have a small number of “Currier & Ives” prints from the Museum’s collection on display throughout the second floor. The nineteenth century lithography firms of N. Currier and Currier & Ives produced images of America that remain as popular today as when they were made. Creatively marketing to a new consumer group, the middle class created by the burgeoning Industrial Revolution, Nathanial Currier and James Merritt Ives brilliantly tapped into an enthusiastic desire for affordable art for myriad applications. Embracing new technology, marketing techniques, and leading artists of the period, company methods and outcomes proved enormously successful and pioneered many contemporary commercial art endeavors.
MHHM has three “Currier & Ives” pieces by Thomas Nast from 1863 and N. Currier lithographs from the series “Life of a Fireman”, the Museum has four of a set of six made in 1854.
The Museum is open for house and exhibit tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m. Adults $8; Seniors & Students $6; Children 6 – 12 $4. Members and children under 5 are free. Call (973) 538-2404 ext. 10, visit our website maccullochhall.org find us on Facebook.
Image attached: The Life of a Fireman _The Night Alarm_Start Her Lively Boys_1854_Hand-colored lithograph_Published by N. Currier_1813_1888_Collection of MHHM_Photo by Stan Freeny