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The Stride of a Century

In 1876. the United States marked its centennial (or one hundredth birthday) with a World's Fair held in Philadelpha. The fair celebrated American technological progress and expansion. In this print, created by Currier & Ives, "Brother Jonathan" (a symbol of the nation who came before Uncle Sam) straddles the towers of the main building at the Philadelphia World's fair. Currier & Ives produced and sold lithograph illustrations of events, portraits, and scenes from American life.

Source | The Stride of a Century, lithograph (New York: Currier & Ives, c. 1876); from Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division,
Creator | Currier & Ives
Item Type | Poster/Print
Cite This document | Currier & Ives, “The Stride of a Century,” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed September 29, 2023,

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