After McKenney & Hall

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After McKenney & Hall lithographs from History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Thomas McKenney was the Superintendent of the Indian Trade Bureau and later the first head of the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1824 - 1830. In total, he served for 16 years under 4 different presidents. An Indian sympathizer, McKenney realized that the Indians would change dramatically during the western expansion of the United States, and conceived the idea of developing a government collection of portraits of prominent Indians who visited Washington. McKenney commissioned Charles Bird King, a well known Washington portraitist to paint many of them, and spent his fortune producing his publication.

When McKenney died nearly penniless in 1859, many of the Indian tribes east of the Mississippi had vanished, or were shabby, drunken remnants of great races. The original painted portraits would perish in a great fire at the Smithsonian Institute in 1865, leaving only the marvelous lithographs produced for History of the Indian Tribes of North America as their record.

Presented here are reproduction prints from the original lithographs found in McKenney & Halls historical work.

Oil Field


The Texas oil fields were being worked by enterprising individuals after the turn of the 20th century. These old photographs were made in the Clearlake, Texas area circa 1920.

Brooklyn, 1854


From 1830 to 1870, Brooklyn, New York experienced heavy commercial and manufacturing growth.  The waterfront was transformed and the East River was packed with frenetic activity.  The river was full of ferries steaming between Manhattan and Brooklyn and fully rigged ships heading out to sea. This is a facsimile reproduction of an engraving that was created circa 1854 picturing the bustling city and river..

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