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View, New York City, Old Post Office, Antique Print, 1875 – 1880


John Briem (lithographer and printer)
The Old Post Office, New York
Herman Wessbecher, 18 & 20 Liberty St.,
New York: c. 1875-1880
Hand-colored lithograph
17 x 13.5 inches, overall
13.25 x 10 inches, image

Lithograph print of the Old Post Office from an elevated vantage point, showing the corner in the foreground and a receding perspectival view of the long multi-windowed side. A lone horse-drawn buggy stops in front of an open door. This print is mentioned in America on Stone, a major reference work on American lithography, in the entries for Briem and Wessbecher. The Georgetown University Libraries has one in its fine prints collection.

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The New York City building generally referred to today as the “Old Post Office” was built in 1878 and stood until 1939. The one shown in this print may have been its immediate predecessor.

John Briem’s address is given as 43 Maiden Lane, New York. He operated a lithography business there from 1875 to 1880.

Herman Wessbecher was a publisher operating at 18 and 20 Liberty Street, New York.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Faint matburn, scattered minor staining, diagonal crease, in margins, all can be matted out when framed. Minor spotting in sky.


“Fine Prints List.” Georgetown University Library Special Collections. (25 February 2005).

Peters, Harry T. America on Stone. U.S.: Doubleday, Doran, 1931. pp. 109, 399.

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19th Century