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Currier & Ives Central Park, the drive.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03566 Author/Creator: Currier & Ives Place Written: New York, New York Type: Print Date: 1862 Pagination: 1 lithograph : hand col. ; 37.4 x 45.3 cm.

Hand colored lithograph of pedestrians, carriages, and horseback riders along the Central Park drive. Color scheme is limited to blue, green, and yellow, with a touch of red. Several buildings are visible in the background, one of which is flying an American flag.

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