Category Archives: 19th Century Prints

New Additions: Currier & Ives

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe recently added several Currier & Ives lithographs to our website. Among the lithographic companies, the printmaking firm of Currier & Ives produced some of the most iconic and popular American art of the 19th century. The company, headed by Nathaniel Currier (1813-1888) and James Merritt Ives (1824-1895), specialized in publishing hand colored lithographic prints that were sold inexpensively to the growing American middle class.

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During its early years, the firm was primarily known for its commercial work- printing advertising, letterheads, music sheets, or other work that it was paid to produce. Nathaniel Currier was  interested in being more than a commercial printing shop and was continuously looking for opportunities to sell images to the public. His first foray into selling directly to the public was creating images for newsworthy events. Almost all the newspapers before the late 1850′s were not illustrated. The enterprising Currier hired artists to created images for the sensational news stories of the time.

ci_eastern_beauty_1407We do not know exactly when the firm started publishing images for sale to the public, but it is likely that it was fairly early on and probably met with limited success. His first copyrighted image was in 1838.  (Commercial images do not need a copyright; however, images for sale to the public did need image protection, to prevent competitors from taking the image and publishing it themselves). It is also known that by the late 1840′s, the firm was aggressively marketing images to the public for sale as individual prints. By the 1850′s, the company’s influence and success created serious growth in the industry of lithography. Many large folio images were issued and the number of copyrights expanded considerably.

ci_brush_on_road_1404Prices for small folio hand colored lithographs were 20 cents each. The large folios ranged from $3 to $5 each. They were not limited edition publishers, so it is unknown how many impressions were produced of each print. In general, the firm did not make an image unless it felt that it could sell 100 impressions. Over time, their subject matter expanded to included genre scenes, town views, and many portraits. Sporting scenes, especially horse racing and fishing, also found their way onto the lithographic stones, and were very popular.

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The firm of Currier & Ives closed permanently in 1907. During the last fifteen years the firm was not very productive, as tastes had changed and photography, which was invented in 1840, became easily printable by the turn of the century. America lost most of its lithographic houses between the years 1870 and 1910. Cheaper, faster commercial presses were replacing the age old hand-run lithographic presses. The  new presses did not produce images of the same quality as hand printed lithographs, but the savings were more important than quality in commercial work.19868_4714_battle_of_the_wilderness_va_c&i

42617Over the years, there has been a flurry of renewed interest in Currier & Ives lithographs. Many collectors recognize the importance of these images- as the offer a rare pictorial record of the life and activities of the mid 19th century. Capturing scenes of historical significance, including the civil war, as well as offering prints of true artistic merit, the Currier & Ives lithographs have an almost irresistible charm and appeal.

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Past/Present: Winter Homes

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We have a new Past/Present for your today, with two winter scenes of home. The 19th century print, a famous Currier & Ives lithograph from the Homestead series, is filled with frenzied activity- a horse-drawn sleigh, a man collecting firewood, and farm animals populate the snow-filled landscape. In contrast, the 20th century print exudes the hushed solitude of winter’s darker months. In this scene by Kerr Eby, a figure retreats into his home, his back turned to the long shadows and bare trees. Hope you enjoy!

Image on the Left: American Homestead Winter. Published by Currier & Ives, New York. Lithograph, hand-colored, 1868.

Image on the Right: Cow Shed. By Kerr Eby. Published by Frederick, Keppel & Co. Etching, aquatint, and sandpaper ground, 1946.

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New Additions: Great Britain Views

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NEW ADDITIONSBelow are new views of Great Britain, recently added to our website. From small travel book prints, to illustrated newspaper images, to delicate engravings, these prints offer a full visual (and medium) range. You can see these, and more, on our website, under Foreign Views, Great Britain. Clicking on any of the prints will also lead you to our website. All prints are available for purchase in store and over the phone. We hope you enjoy your visual trip through London, Surrey, Kent and more!

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New Additions: Views of Asia

NEW ADDITIONS bannerNEW ADDITIONSWe have recently added several new prints to our website- all foreign views of China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. The majority of them are steel engravings or toned lithographs, coming from 19th century travel books. The scenes capture important shipping ports, fantastic and lively village scenes, and several views of monasteries and temples. Priced relatively low- most under $100- these scenes make great gifts for the world explorer on your list, and are also a great way to remember your own travel experiences. Enjoy!

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2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The DCist

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DCIST copyToday, we are featuring our holiday gift picks for the DCist. These are gifts for the Washingtonian, the federal worker, the lobbyist, the cupcake coveter. They love our federal city, so what better gifts than prints and maps that show the city from its founding days up to the present? These city plans and views are sure to delight. Below are our gift selections for the DCist. Enjoy!

The White House - Trade Mark - F. S. Ciampa & Sons - Rodi (Italy). Published by F.S. Ciampa & Sons, Rodi, Italy. Multi-stone lithograph, Undated, c.1890. An interesting advertisement for the Italian shipping firm of F.S. Ciampa & Sons. They were major fruit exporters from Sorrento-Messina-Rodi regions of Italy. This advertising sheet was likely produced to be pasted onto cartons of fruit. $700.00

The White House – Trade Mark – F. S. Ciampa & Sons – Rodi (Italy). Published by F.S. Ciampa & Sons, Rodi, Italy. Multi-stone lithograph, Undated, c.1890. An interesting advertisement for the Italian shipping firm of F.S. Ciampa & Sons. They were major fruit exporters from Sorrento-Messina-Rodi regions of Italy. This advertising sheet was likely produced to be pasted onto cartons of fruit. $700.00

The United States Senate in Session. Published by Harper's Weekly. Hand colored offset engraving, Sept 22, 1894. Double page. $425.00

The United States Senate in Session. Published by Harper’s Weekly. Hand colored offset engraving, Sept 22, 1894. Double page. $425.00

Pennsylvania Ave. Connecting the Capitol and the White House. By Vernon Howe Bailey. Pencil and wash drawing, c.1930. $900.00.

Pennsylvania Ave. Connecting the Capitol and the White House. By Vernon Howe Bailey. Pencil and wash drawing, c.1930. $900.00.

Capitol Twilight. By Emily Trueblood. Three-block linocut, 2011. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Inscribed "15/30." Emily Trueblood was born in Arlington, VA, and grew up in the Washington DC area. $225.00.

Capitol Twilight. By Emily Trueblood. Three-block linocut, 2011. Signed, titled, and dated in pencil. Inscribed “15/30.” Emily Trueblood was born in Arlington, VA, and grew up in the Washington DC area. $225.00.

Plan of the City of Washington. By J. Good. Published by J. Good for inclusion in the "Literary Magazine," London. Copper plate engraving, Feb. 1, 1793. On January 24, 1791, President George Washington announced the Congressionally designated permanent location of the national capital, a diamond-shaped ten-mile tract at the confluence of the Potomac and Eastern Branch Rivers. The first five maps were engraved and printed in America, the sixth, seventh and eighth in London. This is the seventh printed view and appeared in the 1793 edition of the "Literary Magazine And British Review," British produced monthly periodical. The rather primitively engraved Eagle and shield cartouche adds a decorative element to this particular map and visually separates it from the American imprints of publishers Thackera & Vallance, Hill and Tiebout. A scarce and unusual map. $4,500.00

Plan of the City of Washington. By J. Good. Published by J. Good for inclusion in the “Literary Magazine,” London. Copper plate engraving, Feb. 1, 1793. On January 24, 1791, President George Washington announced the Congressionally designated permanent location of the national capital, a diamond-shaped ten-mile tract at the confluence of the Potomac and Eastern Branch Rivers. The first five maps were engraved and printed in America, the sixth, seventh and eighth in London. This is the seventh printed view and appeared in the 1793 edition of the “Literary Magazine And British Review,” British produced monthly periodical. The rather primitively engraved Eagle and shield cartouche adds a decorative element to this particular map and visually separates it from the American imprints of publishers Thackera & Vallance, Hill and Tiebout. A scarce and unusual map. $4,500.00

Washington, The Lincoln Memorial. By Max Pollak. Color etching and aquatint, c.1945. An attractive print, depicting the exterior of Lincoln Memorial. In the lower left of the print there is a vignette of the seated statue of Lincoln (sculpted by Daniel Chester French in 1920).  Signed by artist in lower right. $850.00

Washington, The Lincoln Memorial. By Max Pollak. Color etching and aquatint, c.1945. An attractive print, depicting the exterior of Lincoln Memorial. In the lower left of the print there is a vignette of the seated statue of Lincoln (sculpted by Daniel Chester French in 1920). Signed by artist in lower right. $850.00

Lock 20. (C&O Canal). By Yolanda Frederikse. Screenprint on BFK Rives paper, 2006. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed "2/8." Yolanda Frederikse is a local printmaker, working out of Maryland. Lock 20 on the C&O Canal is located in Potomac Maryland, near Great Falls. $325.00

Lock 20. (C&O Canal). By Yolanda Frederikse. Screenprint on BFK Rives paper, 2006. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed “2/8.” Yolanda Frederikse is a local printmaker, working out of Maryland. Lock 20 on the C&O Canal is located in Potomac Maryland, near Great Falls. $325.00

Bird's-Eye View of Washington City, D.C. By George A. Morrison. Published by W.H. & O.H. Morrison, Washington, DC. Stone engraving, hand colored, 1872. Bird's-eye view looking west from behind the Capitol, which is shown with its new dome and extensions. A 16-item key identifies such landmarks as the Smithsonian Castle, Wasihngton Monument, Botanical Gardens, State Department and Treasury Building. Currently framed. $1,150.00.

Bird’s-Eye View of Washington City, D.C. By George A. Morrison. Published by W.H. & O.H. Morrison, Washington, DC. Stone engraving, hand colored, 1872. Bird’s-eye view looking west from behind the Capitol, which is shown with its new dome and extensions. A 16-item key identifies such landmarks as the Smithsonian Castle, Washington Monument, Botanical Gardens, State Department and Treasury Building. Currently framed. $1,150.00.

City of Washington : From beyond the Navy Yard.  By  George Cooke. Eng'd by W. J. Bennett. Published by Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y. Aquatint engraving, 1834. One of the great views of the Nation's Capital.  Washington is shown from the south bank of the Anacostia River.  On the right is the Washington Navy Yard, est. 1799, behind is the original Capitol Building and to the left is the White House. The painter of this view is George Cooke. He and the engraver, William Bennett, teamed up to produce four folio-size views of American cities. $40,000.00.

City of Washington : From beyond the Navy Yard. By George Cooke. Eng’d by W. J. Bennett. Published by Lewis P. Clover, 180 Fulton St. N.Y. Aquatint engraving, 1834. One of the great views of the Nation’s Capital. Washington is shown from the south bank of the Anacostia River. On the right is the Washington Navy Yard, est. 1799, behind is the original Capitol Building and to the left is the White House. The painter of this view is George Cooke. He and the engraver, William Bennett, teamed up to produce four folio-size views of American cities. $40,000.00.

The Smithsonian Institution. Published by J. A. & R. A. Reid, Providence. Wood engraving, hand colored, 1884-90. This is the original, Smithsonian castle building.From "Picturesque Washington" by Joseph West Moore. $65.00

The Smithsonian Institution. Published by J. A. & R. A. Reid, Providence. Wood engraving, hand colored, 1884-90. This is the original, Smithsonian castle building.From “Picturesque Washington” by Joseph West Moore. $65.00

U. S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington. By Anton Schutz.  Etching, 1928. Signed in pencil. On wove paper. $275.00.

U. S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington. By Anton Schutz. Etching, 1928. Signed in pencil. On wove paper. $275.00.

Plan of the City of Washington. The Capitol [sic] of the United States of America. By S. Augustus Mitchell. Published by S. A. Mitchell, Philadelphia. Handcolored engraving, c.1880. A pleasant map of the U.S. Capital from Mitchell's "New General Atlas."  A decorative, printed "grape vine border" surrounds this map. Engraved by W.H. Gamble. In this 1880's state, Howard University and the Washington Monument are now depicted. $265.00.

Plan of the City of Washington. The Capitol [sic] of the United States of America. By S. Augustus Mitchell. Published by S. A. Mitchell, Philadelphia. Hand colored engraving, c.1880. A pleasant map of the U.S. Capital from Mitchell’s “New General Atlas.” A decorative, printed “grape-vine border” surrounds this map. Engraved by W.H. Gamble. In this 1880′s state, Howard University and the Washington Monument are now depicted. $265.00.

[Untitled.] Washington Monument with Mall. By Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999). Pencil drawing, undated. A striking night scene of the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. $1,200.00

[Untitled.] Washington Monument with Mall. By Emilio Sanchez (1921-1999). Pencil drawing, undated. A striking night scene of the Washington Monument and Reflecting Pool. $1,200.00

Check previous posts for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view other 2012 gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. We also ship prints and maps, flat and insured, using FedEx 3 Day Shipping. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

 

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: The Foodie

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FOODIE copyThey love to cook and are always the first ones to get reservations to the newest restaurant spot in town. They seek out the most unique and hidden gems of the food world- rare ingredients, specialized cooking tools, and the best cookbooks. They are the foodie.  So what do you get someone who already knows way more about cooking than you do? Why, prints of food and cooking, of course- to decorate their walls and hang in their kitchens. Below are our picks for the foodie on your holiday list. Enjoy!

Tableau des Principaux Champignons Comestibles & Veneneux. By A. D'Apreval. Published in Paris by the Librairie des Sciences Naturalles, Paul Klincksieck, Editeur. Chromolithograph, undated. This is a fascinating poster describing edible and poisonous mushrooms. Thirty mushrooms are shown at various stages, with descriptive French text along sides and bottom. $385.00

Tableau des Principaux Champignons Comestibles & Veneneux. By A. D’Apreval. Published in Paris by the Librairie des Sciences Naturalles, Paul Klincksieck, Editeur. Chromolithograph, undated. This is a fascinating poster describing edible and poisonous mushrooms. Thirty mushrooms are shown at various stages, with descriptive French text along sides and bottom. $385.00

Turnips and Scallions. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 2001. Signed in pencil. $350.00.

Turnips and Scallions. By Pia Oste-Alexander. White-line woodcut, 2001. Signed in pencil. $350.00.

Schattentanz (Shadow Dance). By William J. Behnken. Aquatint, 1995. Inscribed in pencil, "Trial Proof." $300.00

Schattentanz (Shadow Dance). By William J. Behnken. Aquatint, 1995. Inscribed in pencil, “Trial Proof.” $300.00

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Cavolfiore – Brussien oleracea cauliflora. (Cauliflower). By Raimondo Petraroja. Published by Raimondo Petraroja, Naples. Lithograph, hand colored, 1872-1886. From “Atlante di Botanica Populaire,” compliled by Prof. V. Tenore and G.A. Pasquale. With original color. $185.00.

Lincoln Brand. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Label for Washingotn Naval Oranges. Handsome image of President Lincoln, with a decorative orange cluster at top right and a wrapped Sunkist orange at bottom. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. $40.00

Lincoln Brand. Color lithograph, c. 1930′s. Label for Washington Naval Oranges. Handsome image of President Lincoln, with a decorative orange cluster at top right and a wrapped Sunkist orange at bottom. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping. Distributors would use catchy titles, images, and slogans to set themselves apart from other fruit brands. $40.00

Restaurant. By Armin Landeck. Engraving, 1951. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "Ed. 100."  $2,500.00

Restaurant. By Armin Landeck. Engraving, 1951. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed “Ed. 100.” $2,500.00

The Three Graces. By Karen Whitman. Linoleum cut, 2006. Inscribed "18/95." $250.00

The Three Graces. By Karen Whitman. Linoleum cut, 2006. Inscribed “18/95.” $250.00

a. Raphanus minor oblongus. b. Raphanus minor oblongus niger. c. Raphanus minor rotundus niger. N. 860. (radish). By Johann W. Weinmann. Published Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-45. From Johann Wilhelm Weinmann's Phytanthoza Iconographia. This beautiful work provides a nearly complete record of the flowers, fruits and vegetables cultivated in the early 18th century. The plates are among the earliest examples of color printing from a single plate. With original color. $525.00

a. Raphanus minor oblongus. b. Raphanus minor oblongus niger. c. Raphanus minor rotundus niger. N. 860. (radish). By Johann W. Weinmann. Published Amsterdam and Ratisbon. Copper engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1736-45. From Johann Wilhelm Weinmann’s Phytanthoza Iconographia. This beautiful work provides a nearly complete record of the flowers, fruits and vegetables cultivated in the early 18th century. The plates are among the earliest examples of color printing from a single plate. With original color. $525.00

Bottles & Jars I. By Peri Schwartz. Aquatint, 2009. Inscribed "12/20." $1,200.00

Bottles & Jars I. By Peri Schwartz. Aquatint, 2009. Inscribed “12/20.” $1,200.00

King's Cadets Brand. California Green Asparagus. Color lithograph. c. 1930's. A very detailed label with marching cadets. Has beautiful gold trim and is very ornate. ORIGIN: Clarksburg, Sacramento Delta, CA. SHIPPER/GROWER:  F.S. and F.E. King. Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping.$35.00

King’s Cadets Brand. California Green Asparagus. Color lithograph. c. 1930′s. A very detailed label with marching cadets. Has beautiful gold trim and is very ornate. ORIGIN: Clarksburg, Sacramento Delta, CA. SHIPPER/GROWER: F.S. and F.E. King. Original fruit crate label. Before the use of mass produced cardboard boxes, fruit growers, packers and shippers printed labels and attached them to the wooden fruit crates or boxes used in shipping.$35.00

Polinac, plate LXVIII. By George Brookshaw. Printed & pub. by the Author, G. Brookshaw. Aquatint and stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1804-12. From "Pomona Britannica; or a Collection of the most esteemed fruits...."  $5,500.00

Polinac, plate LXVIII. By George Brookshaw. Printed & pub. by the Author, G. Brookshaw. Aquatint and stipple engraving printed in color and finished by hand, 1804-12. From “Pomona Britannica; or a Collection of the most esteemed fruits….” $5,500.00

 

Artichoke. By Jake Muirhead. Etching and drypoint on German Etch paper, 2011. Green ink.  Inscribed "A/P.' $250.00

Artichoke. By Jake Muirhead. Etching and drypoint on German Etch paper, 2011. Green ink. Inscribed “A/P.’ $250.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. We also ship prints and maps, flat and insured, using FedEx 3 Day Shipping. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.

2012 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE: Sports Fan

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SPORT FANS copyA lover of all sports, they watch all the big games and follow their favorite teams with full devotion. They learn the rules, the history, and statistics of every game and team, and in most cases, have played it themselves. They are the sports fan. Below are some of our picks for the sports fan on your list. Enjoy!

Scrimmage. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Inscribed "6/25." $200.00

Scrimmage. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Inscribed “6/25.” $200.00

Lawn Tennis Match. Published by William MacKenzie, London, Edinburgh & Glasgow. Lithograph, hand colored, c. 1860. $265.00

Bike Race. By Robert Cook. Bronze sculpture, 1996. 8" tall. Inscribed "1/10." $1,200.00

Bike Race. By Robert Cook. Bronze sculpture, 1996. 8″ tall. Inscribed “1/10.” $1,200.00

The Princeton Yale Foot-Ball Match at the Berkeley Oval. By T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper's Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Dec. 7, 1889. Hand colored double page centerfold. $285.00

The Princeton Yale Foot-Ball Match at the Berkeley Oval. By T. de Thulstrup. Published by Harper’s Weekly, New York. Wood engraving, Dec. 7, 1889. Hand colored double page centerfold. $285.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Inscribed "2/25." $250.00

Bases Loaded. By Stanley Kaplan. Linocut, 2007. Inscribed “2/25.” $250.00

Fishing Implements. By C. J. Muckersie. Published by Henry Lea & Co., 125 Fleet Street, London. Lithograph, hand colored, c. 1850. Drawn Expressly for the "The Book British of Field Sports" by Henry Downes Miles. Lithographed by R. S. Groom, Wilkinson & Co. A composite of fishing lines, reels, lures and bobbers. $195.00

Fishing Implements. By C. J. Muckersie. Published by Henry Lea & Co., 125 Fleet Street, London. Lithograph, hand colored, c. 1850. Drawn Expressly for the “The Book British of Field Sports” by Henry Downes Miles. Lithographed by R. S. Groom, Wilkinson & Co. A composite of fishing lines, reels, lures and bobbers. $195.00

Rule XIII........Worm casts may be removed......without penalty. By Charles Crombie. Published by Perrier, London. Chromolithograph, 1906. "Never shall I forget the unearthly yell that rent the peaceful stillness of the morning."  Letters of a Angler.  From Charles Crombie's "Rules of Golf Illustrated."  First edition, with a Perrier advertisement and copyright on the verso of each print. $275.00

Rule XIII……..Worm casts may be removed……without penalty. By Charles Crombie. Published by Perrier, London. Chromolithograph, 1906. “Never shall I forget the unearthly yell that rent the peaceful stillness of the morning.” Letters of a Angler. From Charles Crombie’s “Rules of Golf Illustrated.” First edition, with a Perrier advertisement and copyright on the verso of each print. $275.00

Between Sets. By Emily Trueblood. Two-block woodcut, 2000. Inscribed "A.P." $150.00

Between Sets. By Emily Trueblood. Two-block woodcut, 2000. Inscribed “A.P.” $150.00

The Stadium. By Su-Li Hung. Two-color woodcut, 1999. Inscribed "21/50." $150.00

The Stadium. By Su-Li Hung. Two-color woodcut, 1999. Inscribed “21/50.” $150.00

Big Game Bartlett Pears. Color lithograph, c. 1930's. Great image of football player with ball, in a stadium. The Big Game is the Cal Berkeley vs Stanford match, the grower graduated from Berkeley. Shipper: Dennis W. Leary. Origin:  Walnut Grove, Sacramento Delta CA.  Original fruit crate label. $30.00

Big Game Bartlett Pears. Color lithograph, c. 1930′s. Great image of football player with ball, in a stadium. The Big Game is the Cal Berkeley vs Stanford match, the grower graduated from Berkeley. Shipper: Dennis W. Leary. Origin: Walnut Grove, Sacramento Delta CA. Original fruit crate label. $30.00

Check back soon for more great gift ideas- for everyone on your list. To view past gift guides, see below:

All sales can be made in store or over the phone. Our gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, from 10am to 5:20pm. The number at the gallery is (202) 965-1818.