Steamboat Illustrations, Page 20


I took these photos of murals at the Arabia museum when I visited during the 1990's. The steamboat Arabia sank in the Missouri River near Kansas City on September 5, 1856, carrying 200 tons of cargo. Lost for 132 years, she was unearthed in 1988. Well preserved clothes, tools, guns, dishware have been salvaged and are on display along with the engines and other remains of the boat itself at the Arabia Museum in Kansas City. Their website is 1856.com.

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Rich Kelly poster for the Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds concert given at CMAC - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center - Canandaigua, New York - July 15, 2012



Towboat JAMES Y. LOCKWOOD in a scenic color photo from a 1949 calendar sponsored by De Laval, a company that manufactures dairy equipment.


JAMES Y. LOCKWOOD history gathered from the following two sites:

The JAMES Y. LOCKWOOD, a sternwheel towboat built in 1896, towed a railroad transfer barge for many years at St. Louis (Ivory Street) for the M-P railroad.

In 1927 this vessel began towing a transfer barge for the Natchez & Southern Railway at Natchez.

The LOCKWOOD was retired from active service in 1961 and Joseph H. Salon of Chicago bought it from the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the boat traveled to Chicago under its own steam.

Subsequently Salon poured about $250,000 into renovations before opening it as a restaurant-nightclub in 1963, naming it the SHOWBOAT SARI-S after his daughter. (See postcard illustration)

The restaurant was docked in the Chicago River off Ontario Street near Salon's trucking company at 600 North Kingsbury Street.

In 1970 the SARI-S was taken to Buffalo, N.Y. where she again served as a restaurant.

In 1989 she was transported to the Netherlands and renamed MARK TWAIN.

Mississippi River's Wrap Around LP album cover

Mississippi River Wrap Around LP album cover.


Attached scan of DVD cover of the 1980 T.V. movie based on Mark Twain's memoir LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI first broadcast on PBS. The movie was filmed on the Illinois River with Dennis Trone's JULIA BELLE SWAIN doubling for both the PAUL JONES and the ALECK SCOTT. Shot on 16mm film there is some softness to the resolution of the movie which appears to have been transferred from video tape to DVD rather than remastered in high resolution to DVD. If that upgrade can be made someday the image quality will be improved a great deal. Robert Lansing portrayed Horace Bixby the master pilot who "learned Sam the river and Lansing became a kind of surrogate incarnation of a grown-up Mark Twain in both appearance and characterization. He really makes the show come alive.

Life on the Mississippi (DVD) is available from the Mark Twain Museum shop in Hannibal, MO:


Presented by PBS and the National Endowment for the Humanities, this movie version of Twain's exciting river memoir sticks to the book in both narrative and dialogue. Newsday called it, "The most respectfully faithful translation of prose to film I have ever seen or yet imagined..." Starring Robert Lansing and David Knell, with an introduction by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1980; color; 115 min.) Note to teachers: Includes study guide in the Root level of the disk.



April 18, 2014
By David Knell from his website (Knell portrayed the youthful Sam Clemens in this show). In Movie Memories davidknell.com

My film debut. When Dennis Christopher broke his arm, two weeks before production began, the producers of this Great Performance epic scoured the globe for someone else to play young Sam Clemens in Mark Twain's autobiographical tale of his years as a young riverboat pilot. They found me.

It was an amazing experience that I will treasure as long as I live.

Beautifully shot by Walter Lassely, and Directed by Peter H. Hunt. I have fond memories of every single person who worked on this film.

A few years ago there was a 3-D IMAX film called, I think, "Mark Twain's America" that featured some footage shot on the Julia Belle Swain, the steamboat on which we filmed. I cannot express how wonderful it was, reliving a cherished memory in 3D. Amazing.

"When I was a boy, there was but one permanent and burning ambition among me and my comrades, and that was to be a steamboat pilot."

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Wrap-around LP album cover for "MISSISSIPPI RIVER'S"

The chief interest is of course the cartoon-style steamboat DIXIE ROSE and those crazy caricatured singers and dancers down by the riverside.

This is a scan of the cover only for the 16th in 79 Volumes in the serio-comic Western series which began publication in 1949 featuring a light hearted Belgian-French reimagining of what Western hero as incarnated as cowboy Lucky Luke.

LUCKY LUKE EN REMONTANT LE MISSISSIPPI (Lucky Luke Going Up the Mississippi)
Dessins de (Drawings by) MORRIS
Scénario de (Story by) R. GOSCINNY

Published in 1961
Belgian artist Maurice De Bevere (1923 - 2001) who created Lucky Luke, signed his cartoons "Morris."

René Goscinny (1926 -1977) wrote over half of the Lucky Luke stories.

Goscinny also wrote the stories for the comic series Astérix which was drawn by Albert Uderzo. Note also there's an alligator sitting up taking notice in the river near the center of the steamer's profile. A 'gator is also included on the cover by the same artist for the cover of the Lucky Luke adventure EN REMONTANT LE MISSISSIPPI BOGALUSA, LOUISIANA is on a label attached to the barrel that the banjo player is sitting on in the far right foreground is sitting on.

The celebrated Belgian cartoonist signed this and his other cartoons "Morris."

Danish illustratipons by Ib Spang Olsen for Livet på Mississippi NEW for NORI

Three examples of Danish illustrator Ib Spang Olsen's [1921 - 2012] carefully-researched illustrations for an edition published in Denmark entitled "Livet på Mississippi" (a translation of Mark Twain's "Life on the Mississippi") which was first published by Centrum in 1979.

On the left is Captain Leather's steamer Natchez about to make a landing. Upper right is a boy sitting on a capstan, below him be a drawing apparently based on a photo of the sternwheel of a later-day towboat.

Olsen's rough & ready style is humorous & whimsical, well suited to Sam Clemens' stories of the time he spent on steamboats.

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Steamer J.S. souvenir pocket mirror - 2.10 inch celluloid souvenir with pocket mirror on the back for the "EXCURSION STEAMER J.S."

Winona Steamboat Days Pin Back 1950 HALF size

My favorite pin back which in style looks earlier than 1950 1.60 X 2.30 inches on folded edge on the back it says MIDWEST BADGE & NOVELTY CO. INC. - MINNEAPOLIS.


Self evident pin back button from 1966.

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The Eads Bridge at St. Louis with a Steamboat and a Motor Car
Ad for Kelly Flexible Cord Tires
18 April 1925 Saturday Evening Post

Text of the Steamboat/Motor Car advertisement:

The Peregrinations of the Pecks

After a delightful trip across country from Pinehurst, the Pecks have arrived in St. Louis, where we see them stopping for a few minutes on the picturesque waterfront to allow Jim the younger to add one of the famous Mississippi River steamboats to his collection of snapshots. The two young Pecks are getting a liberal education, father is having a wonderful time and the change of scene and release from housework are doing mother a world of good. The whole family, therefore, is enjoying the trip immensely.

THE KELLY FLEXIBLE CORD is the only tire in which the bead is built in as an integral part. Since it is this new Integral Bead construction that makes the flexibility possible, it follows that no tire built by the ordinary method can offer the same combination of mileage and comfort

Rugged, dependable and easy-riding, here is indeed the best tire that even Kelly has ever built.

German Huck Finn title page steamboat landing Horst Lemke EXP

Charmin' double title page illustration by Horst Lemke for a 1964 German edition of Mark Twain's HUCKLEBERRY FINN.


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