Cheap and Popular Pictures investigates the process of lithography in detail and what makes a good print. The passion of collectors who seek out the many Currier & Ives prints still in circulation is also looked at as is some of the more popular images and the stories behind them.
Episode Duration: 26 minutes and 46 seconds
Episode Number: 102
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CURRIER & IVES: PERSPECTIVES ON AMERICA focuses on the pictorial legacy of renowned 19th-century printmakers Currier & Ives - from their idyllic New England winter scenes to the more controversial images of these mass-media pioneers.
Narrated by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the three-part series reveals the fascinating stories behind some of Currier & Ives' most popular work and introduces their lesser-known disaster prints, political cartoons, risque lithographs and racially insensitive comic-book series.
The final episode explores whether Currier & Ives' lithographs reflected, or shaped, the idea of the "quintessential" American way of life.
Expert commentary includes an interview with Chris Lane of Antiques Roadshow fame.
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