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Industrial Might

n the industrial economy of the late nineteenth century, the factory replaced the mythical goddess figure as the icon of material abundance. The birdís-eye view of a factory with billowing smokestacks became a popular symbol of prosperity and appeared on catalogs, trade cards, letterhead, advertisements, and posters. This poster reinforces its message of productivity by showing the factory going full blast at midnight.

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Color lithograph, ca. 1900 
Printed by Gies & Co. (Buffalo) for McCormick
Harvesting Machine Co. (Chicago)
25" x 50"

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