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Americana, Print, Centennial Exhibition of Philadelphia, Antique Lithograph, Stinson, Maine, 1876


In Remembrance of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the Independence of the United States
George Stinson & Co., Portland, Maine: c. 1876
Lithograph, printed in color
25.5 x 18.5 inches, ruled border
28.75 x 20.75 inches, overall

Patriotic lithograph poster for the Centennial Exhibition of Philadelphia in 1876, stated to have been commissioned by the U.S. Congress for the official celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the United States. The central image is an allegorical figure of Columbia as a personification of the United States and Liberty. She is seated on a pedestal draped with an American flag wearing a phyrgian liberty cap decorated with stars and holding a laurel wreath, labeled “And the Star Spangled Banner in Triumph Still Waves O’er the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” Beneath her is an American eagle emblem. Surrounding her are 23 oval portraits of the American presidents and the dates 1776 and 1876. Across the top is a panoramic bird’s-eye view of the Centennial Exhibition buildings in Philadelphia with three inset oval illustrations of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Bunker Hill Monument in  Charlestown, Massachusetts, and Faneuil Hall in Boston. In the bottom left is an illustration of a Revolutionary War battle scene titled “The Struggle for Liberty.” In the bottom right is a contrasting scene titled “Peace and Prosperity” showing a rural family, a farmer plowing a field, and a town in the background. A version of this lithograph was also produced in a black and tinted gray-green. This offered example is rare particularly in its fine condition and attractive coloring.

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George Stinson & Company was a lithography firm in Portland, Maine, operating from at least 1871 to 1890. In 1871, the firm produced a front elevation view of the United States Capitol building. In that same year they also published lithographs of U.S. presidents with their families, including Lincoln, Grant and Washington; such patriotic prints were popular in the mid 19th century and issued by a variety of firms. In 1876, George Stinson & Co. published the patriotic print for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition: In Remembrance of The One Hundredth Anniversary of The Independence of The United States. It includes an allegorical figure of Columbia sitting on a throne on a pedestal above the words, “And the star spangled banner in triumph still waves o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Among their other prints were Hunting on the Susquehanna, which was also issued by Currier & Ives (number 3308).

Full publication information: “Published by George Stinson & Co. Portland, ME. / Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1876, by George Stinson & Co., in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington D.C.”

Condition: Generally very good, professionally cleaned and deacidified, with light remaining toning, wear, handling. Few short marginal tears and chips restored.


“Centennial Exposition Poster.” Smithsonian National Museum of American History. (19 March 2021).

Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. p. 376.

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19th Century