1924 Original American Art Deco Poster, American Railway Express - Lee
Size: 35.5 x 55 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen Backed
Artist: Lee, Robert E.
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About The Poster: Printed by Carey & Sons, December 1924 in the United States. The history of rail travel - in the United States and elsewhere - is filled with tales of romance and adventure. This poster, printed at the very beginning of the Art Deco period, is unusual for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is its horizontality, its typography (which seems to have been hand-drawn) and the magnificent coloration of its subjects and its broad expanses. An exceptional poster, not seen previously, mounted on linen, and in very good condition.
General information on the history of the American Railway System and American Railway Express : The first railway express agency in the United States is generally considered to have been started by William Harriden, who in 1839 began regular trips between New York City and Boston, Massachusetts as a courier transporting small parcels, currency and other valuables... The express business flourished in the latter half of the 19th century, and by 1900 there were four principal railway express companies: Adams Express Company, Southern Express Company, American Express Company, and Wells Fargo. In 1913 the U.S. Post Office introduced its Parcel Service service, which offered major competition for the express companies. Despite this, private railway express business increased steadily through the end of World War I. During World War I, the United States Railway Administration took over the nation's railroads. Under the USRA, the four major and three minor express companies were consolidated as American Railway Express, Inc., save the portion of Southern Express that operated over the Southern Railway and the Mobile & Ohio. (wikipedia)