A hand-colored lithograph made in New York City by Nathaniel Currier. The cartoon image features eight persons and a dog astride a giant rubber band attached to a pole that rises from a domed building. It mocks several trends of the day (Gold Rush fever, new latex technology, railroad aspirations, industrial competitiveness, and Irish xenophobia) and places the image in a fashionable Hudson River valley landscape. Under the title, a subcaption reads: "Competition Defied." The caption reads: "From the Atlantic to the Pacific, Through in no Time, the principle of this Railway is such that if the Passengers are nicely balanced both in mind and body, all that is necessary to land them at the 'gold diggens' is to cut the line on the Atlantic side, then by one jerk, they reach in safety their place of destination. Reverse the above and they are back agin (sic).--N B What is claimed in this patent is having discovered the immense expresion (sic) and contraction of India Rubber--" Balloon captions appear above each of the passengers and the worker with the implement to severe the rubber band, but not above the man riding an express "balloon" in the upper left corner. Several captions mock Irish immigrants, using dialect words like "OCH! Teddy Darlint Dont Ye Feel Quare to be Sthraddlin a sthring?" The conductor at the front of the rubber rope wears an "Indian Rubber" slicker. The passengers carry picks and shovels; one has an umbrella and another a rifle and dog. The Irish smoke clay pipes, the Englishman smokes a meerschaum pipe. Americans' affection for self-mockery is evident in this print. The texts capture the themes of Gold Rush fever, Western expansion, railway and technological mania, and uneasiness over immigration. The art captures Americans' interest in their expansive landscapes. Currier usually is associated with sentimental, historical and "quintessential" American prints, not with cartoon images. The cariciarturized figures, who exemplify varied social classes and classifications, contrast with the serious Hudson-river-style-landscape and cityscape below the travelers. The image is timely, funny, and beautiful all at once.