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In the early 19th century, travelers who had no horse or wagon had few transportation choices. Water travel by canal or on rivers answered the needs of some. To travel east or west in New England, travelers would more often use the stagecoach. This broadside announces the service and schedule of the Union Telegraph stage line between Albany, New York, and Boston, Massachusetts. A steamboat, competition for the stagecoach, is pictured in the background of the print. The first American railroad began operation in the year that this broadside appeared. Within 10 years, railroads would overtake the stagecoach as the most popular form of public transportation in the Northeast.

 

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Union Telegraph Line

lithographer   John H. Hall
date   1831
location   Albany, New York
width   11.5"
height   15.37"
process/materials   woodcut, paper, ink, watercolor
item type   Public Announcements/Broadside
accession #   #1999.13.510


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