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Background imageWork Collection: Coal mine in England, 1850s

Coal mine in England, 1850s
Removing coal in the Bradley mine, Staffordshire, England, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s

Blowing glass in a British factory, 1800s
Workers in a crown-glass factory, Great Britain, early 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Erie Canal barge at Troy, New York

Erie Canal barge at Troy, New York
Barge on the Erie Canal at West Troy, New York, in the late 1800s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Lobster boat off the Atlantic coast of Maine and Canada

Lobster boat off the Atlantic coast of Maine and Canada
Lobster fishermen in the Grand Manan Channel between Maine and New Brunswick, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s

Glass factory workers in Britain, 1800s
Manufacturing glass at a flint-glass factory, Great Britain, 1800s. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Logging in Wisconsin, 1800s

Logging in Wisconsin, 1800s
Hauling logs with a horse-drawn sledge in northern Wisconsin, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Black slave on a sugar plantation

Black slave on a sugar plantation
Slave woman hoeing sugar plants on a plantation in Louisiana, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s

Riverboats at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s
Stevedores loading barrels at the Red River levee at Shreveport, Louisiana, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Apprentice carpenter

Apprentice carpenter
Young carpenters apprentice planing a block of wood, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Orange grove in California

Orange grove in California
California orange grove, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages

Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages
Bakers of York, showing their guild ordinances, England, 1590s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Erie Canal at Schenedtady, New York

Erie Canal at Schenedtady, New York
Erie Canal barge towed through Schenectady, New York, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Cotton loaded on steamboats by black slaves, New Orleans

Cotton loaded on steamboats by black slaves, New Orleans
Slaves loading cotton bales on riverboats at the New Orleans levee, 1850s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad

Chinese immigrants working on the transcontinental railroad
Chinese laborers constructing the Central Pacific Railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Typesetter at work, 1800s

Typesetter at work, 1800s
Setting type by hand in a print-shop. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s

Building the railroad to Bismarck, North Dakota, 1870s
Laying railroad track in winter across the Missouri River at Bismarck, North Dakota, 1879. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Towing Erie Canal barges on the Hudson River

Towing Erie Canal barges on the Hudson River
Erie Canal grain-boats towed down the Hudson River to New York City, 1870s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California

Workers cheering the first train over the mountains from California
Snowsheds protecting a transcontinental railroad train in the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Erie Canal boats wintering in New York harbor

Erie Canal boats wintering in New York harbor
Erie Canal boats anchored for the winter at the East River docks, New York City, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: BUSN2P-00001

BUSN2P-00001
Book and magazine printing press at Harper & Bros. New York City, early 1900s. Printed halftone of a photograph

Background imageWork Collection: Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s

Putting in seed on a bonanza farm, 1800s
Seeding grain on a bonanza farm, North Dakota, early 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Jacquard loom, 1880s

Jacquard loom, 1880s
Woman worker using a mechanized Jacquard loom, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageWork Collection: Cedars of Lebanon for Solomons Temple

Cedars of Lebanon for Solomons Temple
Solomons servants hewing the cedars of Lebanon to build the temple in Jerusalem. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: BUSN2A-00095

BUSN2A-00095
Loggers with an ordinary haul on an ox-drawn sledge, Minnesota, 1890s. Hand-colored halftone of a 19th-century photograph

Background imageWork Collection: PPRE2A-00193

PPRE2A-00193
Young George Washington working as a surveyor in Virginia. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: GATL2A-00027

GATL2A-00027
Jamaicans bringing their produce to market, circa 1890. Hand-colored halftone illustration of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: AGRI2A-00064

AGRI2A-00064
Picking apples, a farm scene near Prides Bridge, Maine, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Garden irrigation in the 1500s

Garden irrigation in the 1500s
Garden water pumped through beds via intersecting channels, formal bed design of 1571. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: AGRI2A-00019

AGRI2A-00019
Cowboys guarding the herd at night during a Texas to Kansas cattle drive 1800s Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Agriculture in the Middle Ages

Agriculture in the Middle Ages
Peasants sowing and cultivating fields outside a walled town in the Middle Ages. Printed halftone reproduction of a medieval manuscript miniature

Background imageWork Collection: Fishing boats unloading in London, 1800s

Fishing boats unloading in London, 1800s
Landing fish at Billingsgate Market, London, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: BUSN2A-00160

BUSN2A-00160
Great Railroad Strike workers blockade the locomotive engines at Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1877. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Building the transcontinental railroad

Building the transcontinental railroad
Immigrants and other workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad across Nebraska, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans

Transcontinental railroad workers attacked by Native Americans
Cheyenne Indians attacking workers building the transcontinental railroad on the Great Plains, 1867. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Immigrants building the transcontinental railroad

Immigrants building the transcontinental railroad
Asian and European immigrants working on the last mile of the transcontinental railroad, 1869. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Dining car on the transcontinental railroad

Dining car on the transcontinental railroad
Palace Hotel dining car on the Union Pacific Railroad, 1869. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Laying railroad track across the Great Plains

Laying railroad track across the Great Plains
Workers laying track for the transcontinental railroad, 1860s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Freight train brakemen in a blizzard

Freight train brakemen in a blizzard
Railroad brakemen working atop boxcars in a snowstorm, 1890s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Cod fishing with hand lines, 1800s

Cod fishing with hand lines, 1800s
Cod fishermen hauling in hand-lines from the deck of a boat on the North Atlantic, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: PPRE2A-00156

PPRE2A-00156
Young Abe Lincoln working on an Ohio River keelboat. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Small office in the late 1800s

Small office in the late 1800s
Man and woman at a desk, late 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Blacksmith shoeing a horse

Blacksmith shoeing a horse
Blacksmith fitting a horseshoe, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: HOUS2A-00031

HOUS2A-00031
Weaver at his loom in Europe, 1600s. Hand-colored engraving of a 17th-century illustration by J. Amman

Background imageWork Collection: Working in a shoe factory, late 1800s

Working in a shoe factory, late 1800s
Shoe industry worker making lasts, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Meeting the new postmistress, early 1900s

Meeting the new postmistress, early 1900s
Townspeople meeting their new postmistress, about 1905. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 1905 illustration

Background imageWork Collection: HOUS2A-00136

HOUS2A-00136
Italian vendors making pasta in Naples, 1880s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageWork Collection: Chinese farmers planting rice

Chinese farmers planting rice
Transplanting and irrigating rice in China. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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