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Steamboat Illustrations, Page 13


Hippolyte Sebron steamboat illustration

This is from a 16 X 20 print of Hippolyte Sebron's painting of steamboats on the New Orleans levee in 1853. The original huge mural-like painting is in the Dean's office at Tulane University in New Orleans. I visited there and saw it with old graduate Ray Samuel who was the biggest dealer in steamboaty stuff I ever ran across. I only bought a few things from him and had to just pine away for the rest. All his best stuff was in his own collection at his home in the Garden District.

Anyone seeking a print of the painting should go through the Tulane University Special Collections tulane.edu

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Miller Tires advertisement with steamboat illustration

This is a colorized version of an old ad for Miller Tires. The original was a black and white pen and ink drawing.

Kaywoodie pipe advertisement with steamboat illustration

This 1945 ad for Kaywoodie pipes uses a still from Steamboat Round the Bend, starring Will Rogers. Kaywoodie did the colorization.

lithograh ad steamboat illustration

This is the graphic portion of an 1890's color lithograph "No. 536" from Donaldson in Cincinnati. The red letters above and below (cropped out here) promoted the Stony Creek steamboat recreation pier at New Altona Beach. An "Ideal Picnic Resort." Apparently this was in New York state someplace where I'm sure the boats did not resemble our favorites but the graphic is pretty nice. The generic boat has no name though it resembles the CINCINATTI. The artist eliminated the swinging stage on the port side, probably to keep it from being cropped by the oval vignette. The image area is about 27 inches square.

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You're probably familiar with this . . . Pilot house of the Great Republic from Oct 1874 Scribner's Monthly from a series of articles about "The Great South", this was called Down the Mississippi.

I made a high rez scan and improved the distant boat visible on the left side and slimmed down the pilot who was about a third bigger in the engraving. I imagine the original drawing by J. Wells Champney that this was based on, was probably quite a bit better than the engraving but who knows what became of it? - Dave

Frederic Mizen steamboat illustration

The Lynxville painting was done by Chicago artist Frederic Mizen (1888-1964). Mizen specialized in portraits and landscapes with an emphasis on the American Indian.

Lynxville, Wisconsin was first known as Haney's Landing, when two brothers, John and James Haney, purchased land from the government. They started a trading post to deal in wood and furs with the Indians and built the first log cabin. In 1857 a group of men hired Pizarro Cook to survey the land and the village was laid out. Mr. Cook settled here in Crawford County and became the County Surveyor. He served in the army during the Civil War, taking part in a number of important events, such as the Siege of Atlanta and Sherman's march to the sea. Lynxville was incorporated in 1889 with a census population of 313.

The name Lynxville was taken from the steamboat "Lynx" which brought surveyors to the village. Lynxville had the ideal harbor - the channel of the river made a bend into the land at the point called "The Devil's Elbow" and the water good depth enabling boats, large and small, to come in for supplies and to carry on trade. Lynxville became one of the stopping places for big boats traveling from St. Paul to St. Louis.

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The MISSOURI was built in 1845, ran in the St. Louis-New Orleans trade and was lost in a fire at St. Louis on July 8, 1851.

This engraving appeared in an 1850 edition of The Family Magazine. The illustration was lithographed by Klaupreck & Menzel in Cincinnati, apparently based on art by John Caspar Wild.

The MISSOURI's nickname was "The Big Missouri" and she was the boat that the boy Ben Rogers was "personating" when he approached Tom Sawyer while he was whitewashing the fence in Chapter 2 of Mark Twain's 1876 novel ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER:

Ben Rogers hove in sight presently . . . Ben's gait was the hop-skip-and-jump - proof enough that his heart was light and his anticipations high.

He was eating an apple, and giving a long, melodious whoop, at intervals, followed by a deep-toned ding-dong-dong, ding-dong-dong, for he was personating a steamboat. As he drew near, he slackened speed, took the middle of the street, leaned far over to star-board and rounded to ponderously and with laborious pomp and circumstance - for he was personating the Big Missouri, and considered himself to be drawing nine feet of water. He was boat and captain and engine-bells combined, so he had to imagine himself standing on his own hurricane-deck giving the orders and executing them:

"Stop her, sir! Ting-a-ling-ling!" The headway ran almost out, and he drew up slowly toward the sidewalk.

"Ship up to back! Ting-a-ling-ling!" His arms straightened and stiffened down his sides.

"Set her back on the stabboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow! ch-chow-wow! Chow!" His right hand, meantime, describing stately circles - for it was representing a forty-foot wheel.

"Let her go back on the labboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow-ch-chow-chow!" The left hand began to describe circles.

"Stop the stabboard! Ting-a-ling-ling! Stop the labboard! Come ahead on the stabboard! Stop her! Let your outside turn over slow! Ting-a-ling-ling! Chow-ow-ow! Get out that head-line! Lively now! Come - out with your spring-line - what're you about there! Take a turn round that stump with the bight of it! Stand by that stage, now - let her go! Done with the engines, sir! Ting-a-ling-ling! Sh't! s'h't! sh't!" (trying the gauge-cocks).

Tom went on whitewashing - paid no attention to the steamboat.

Ben stared a moment and then said: "Hi- yi ! You're up a stump, ain't you!"

puzzle with steamboat illustration

Cover of the little box (5 X 6 inches) containing a sort of a jig saw puzzle of a side wheel Queen City. The puzzle pieces are actually just a bunch of trapezoidal shaped pieces so they don't interlock like a jig saw would. Assembled the whole thing measures 12 1/4 X 16 1/4. This could possibly represent the second sidewheel Queen City 1851 - 1859. There are no swinging stages in either of the graphics so possibly this predates the Civil War! Kind of hard to believe but the design and antiquity of the box and puzzle make it seem possible. The manufacturer Peter G. Thomson is no relation that I know of but he spelled his name "right." (Detail below.)

puzzle box steamboat illustration

Dixie company Christmas catalog with steamboat illustration

A circular vignette from the cover of the "1889-1890" Christmas catalogue published by the Atlanta, Georgia manufacturer THE "DIXIE" COMPANY. Don't know what they made but a graphic of the factory in the cover is huge and has two big chimneys plus a lot of smaller ones spouting smoke.

Elgin watch with steamboat illustration

An Elgin watch with steamboat graphic. Not certain of the vintage. Will have to get a jeweler to open it up and give me a run down on the serial number, date etc.





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