Steamboat Posters and Brochures, page 2


World War II patriotic call to RIVER MEN on towboats

"Calling All RIVER MEN" Patriotic World War II poster Reminding the officers and crews of towboats pushing barges of oil, coal and food for the war effort on Inland Waterways that:


Cut out delays Stay on the job All the way All the time"

Distributed by the Office of Defense Transportation and Recruitment and Manning Organization. War Shipping Administration

Posted prominently in river towns, river cities, the offices of the Towboat companies and on board the towboats.

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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


LEE LINE promotional card featuring the OHIO

I've improved this by replacing the "screened" photo with a "real photo" . . . much nicer . . .

A LEE LINE promotional card featuring the OHIO

Sternwheel Packet
Way's Packet Directory Number 4274
Built as the AVALON in 1898 at Clarington, Ohio
The AVALON was bought at a U.S. Marshal sale at Parkersburg in August 1907 for $9,800 and renamed OHIO.
She ran Pittsburgh-Charleston in 1908 and beginning in January 1909, she ran Pittsburgh-Cincinnati.
She had a light draft and once made five round trips with two inches on the marks at Franklin, Pennsylvania.
In 1909 she went up the Monongahela to McKeesport, Pennsylvania to retrieve a cargo of oil well casing.
In the fall of 1913 she discontinued the trade. In the summer of 1914 she ran excursions in the Wheeling area and that September she ran a "Booster Trip" Pittsburgh-Huntington under the auspices of the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce. In early 1915 she made a Mardi Gras trip from Pittsburgh to New Orleans. From New Orleans she loaded up for Memphis. In the summer of 1915 she ran Cincinnati-Memphis. She connected with the JOE FOWLER for Pittsburgh. She had returned to Parkersburg when she burned in the mouth of the Little Kanawha River on February 2, 1916.

First owners were Captains William E. Roe, Martin F. Noll and Ben S. Pope (1907)
Officers and crew: Captain Edwin F. Maddy (master, 1908-1909); Harry Maddy (clerk, 1908-1909)
Ed Dunaway (clerk, 1908-1909); Charles W. Knox (clerk, 1911); G.M. Knox (clerk, 1911);
Captain W.C. Lepper and Captain Billy Stapleton (1915); Captain Connie McGee


Steamboat Yellowstone . . . Fort Union Trading Post circa 1835

"Steamboat Yellowstone Arriving at Fort Union Trading Post on the Missouri River circa 1835 by Robert Back, 1988." This is a detail from a poster Published in 1995 by the Fort Union Association of Williston, North Dakota, with the permission of Lord Astor of Hever, London UK. This is a detail of a poster which can be purchased via this link:

An steampunk art exhibit at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn. from fall of last year to winter of this year . . .


Attached scan of a poster for Hannibal's "Mark Twain" (Jim Waddell) that includes a composite I made of him over a painting of New Orleans in 1850.


With the exception of images credited to public institutions,
everything on this page is from a private collection.
Please contact for permission for commercial use.*

All captions provided by Dave Thomson, primary contributor and historian.