This nearly 150-year-old view of the east shore of the Hudson River in New York state is one of a group of antique railway stereographs we are proud to offer.
It shows the mighty river at the Hudson Highlands, with the two-track, north-south run of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad at the village of Peekskill. This is the "Sleepy Hollow" country made famous by author Washington Irving, who had died only about 10 years before this card was made -- and is referred to on the card.
On the front is printed "DESCRIPTIVE VIEWS, BY W. M. CHASE," and under the right photo "STONY POINT AND THE DONDERBERG, H. R. RAILROAD." On the back is a fabulous historical essay about the region ("Donderberg" meaning "Thunder Mountain" across from Peekskill) and its Revolutionary and cultural importance.
The "H.R.Railroad" referenced on the card is the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, which was created on November 1 1869 when tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt merged the New York Central with the Hudson River Railroad.
Thanks to some historical information and collecting guidelines, we can date this terrific old steriograph to approximately 1869-1870. It is a standard 3-1/2 x 7 inch size, with rounded corners produced on heavy pale yellow stock. The photographs have square corners.
CONDITION: Very good for its age with very little fading of either photo. NO rips, tears or broken corners and no chipped edges. We have NOT attempted any cleaning of any sort. There is overall "desk drawer grunge" type light surface scuffs on both sides and slightly darker spots on the corners apparently from the many fingers that held the card over the years.
RIGHT PHOTO: there is a round brown stain at the top right. LEFT PHOTO: There is a scattering of pinpoint size flecks stuck on the surface over the left side, these do not chip off readily. BACK OF THE CARD: a light scattering of some age darkening areas (not significant), a few tiny spots of foxing, no stains, and a few pencil marks.
Item ID: JLB-2
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