The age of Currier & Ives from 1834 to 1907 was a period of great change and continental expansion. Considered the most prolific American printmakers of their time, Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives introduced mass media in America by producing thousands of “cheap” popular prints that appealed to all classes, especially the burgeoning middle class.
This time of year conjures up Currier & Ives images of quaint sleighs gliding through the snow. The duo are famous for their idyllic portrayals of country scenes. However, according to Joel Third, president of Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield, Currier & Ives prints portray far more than country scenes.