This attractive old stereoview card shows the world's first railway suspension bridge, which connected Niagara Falls, New York with Niagara Falls, Canada. this bridge was completed in 1855, and stood until 1897, several miles south of the famous falls.
We believe this card was made in the late 1850s-early 1860s, after the bridge was complete but while it was new and interesting. There were two decks -- an upper one for railroad traffic and a lower one for pedestrians and vehicles.
This card is 3-1/2 x 7 inches in size, printed on heavy card stock. It is light blue on the top and gray on the back. On each end in a scrolling banner, is printed CHAS. BIERSTADT, PHOTOGRAPHER, NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. Note the real photographs have rounded tops, and are adhered as tightly as ever. At the bottom of the left photo, in tiny letters, is printed 604 Suspension Bridge, Niagara. On the line of the Erie Railway. The photograph itself is crisp, clear and sharply detailed.
CONDITION: Superb for its age -- the only "damage" is simple age deterioration and there is not much! There is allover very slight darkening, so the photos appear sepia toned. Very light surface scuffs and marks but NO spots, NO stains, NO rips or tears, NO creases. Only insignificant corner bumps and a very light stain on the back.
Item ID: JLB-7
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