As I continue to comb through and photograph our print/poster collection, I am constantly finding pieces that depict incredibly interesting bits of history. In most cases, bits I never even knew existed, which spurs me to research and learn more. One print I found earlier this week shows the steamship Great Eastern (1858-1888) on a sandbar covered in advertisements for all kinds of activities available on board, including horse races, a concert and the Swiss Giantess. It’s quite amazing to look at and so I decided to make it the artifact of the month for October.
And if you look closely at the print, you can see that there are a massive amount of people on the ship with tons more trying to board. When I find something like this I just have to know more and understand the purpose behind it.