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The River from Sycamore Street, Milwaukee

River from Sycamore Street, Milwaukee
In 1898, the Chicago & North Western commissioned Jackson to make a series of promotional pictures along its routes, using a special photo car. The resulting images are in remarkably faithful color, published in chromolithograph, an early color process. Both the C&NW and Jackson's Detroit Publishing Co., a specialist in chromolithography, distributed copies. The Photochrome, made from black-and-white negatives, was published in 1901. This view look looks north toward Milwaukee's City Hall, the triangle-shaped building with a tower in the middle left. A clock indicates Jackson took the picture at 2:40 p.m.; the year is 1898, according to a contemporary newspaper report. Like many port cities on oceans, the Great Lakes, and major rivers, Milwaukee's rail and water transportation systems intersected. The bridge in the foreground swivels to permit barges and other crafts to take goods to industries along the river, and some of those goods had been brought to Milwaukee by rail.
Alternate Title C&NW-Commissioned Photograph (editor's title)
Source Julie Johnson, Carol Stream, Illinois
Coverage Spatial, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Temporal, 1898
Rights Julie Johnson, Carol Stream, Illinois
Date Created 1898 - 1901
Resource Type
Extent 6-11/16 in. x 9 in.
Depicted Railroad
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Image Type Cityscape
Creator Description Jackson was born in 1843 in Keeseville, New York, and died in 1942 in New York City. He was an active photographer from 1856 until shortly before his death. He set up a studio in Omaha in 1867, and photographed the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. From 1870 to 1878 he photographed the western landscape, especially the Yellowstone area. These views are among the most famous records of the West. From 1897 to 1903 Jackson photographed railroads, a significant but less documented time in his life.
Comments This is lithograph number 53679 in a large series published by the Detroit Photographic Company, some of which, like this one, were photographed by Jackson. Other photographers probably are represented.
Collection Julie Johnson Collection
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