The prints in the Jay T. Last Collection of American Transportation consist of over 160 prints related to land-based modes
of transportation primarily in the United States. The collection dates from the 1830s into the early 20th century and consists
largely of materials pertaining to railroads, with additional items concerning the bicycle and carriage, coach, and wagon
industries. Item types include advertising cards, posters, broadsides, maps, timetables, views,
and other visual materials primarily produced by transportation-affiliated entities such as railroad companies and vehicle
and parts manufacturers. The collection features lithographs produced by American artists, printers, and publishers,
as well as engravings, letterpress and woodblock prints.
Topical subjects include transportation, commerce and manufacturing, technology and engineering, travel and tourism, and geography.
The images are primarily promotional in nature and provide information about the history of the American railroad,
bicycle, and horse-drawn vehicle industries and the evolution of their advertising strategies in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from
the office of the Library Director.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.