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An Explosion of Color

he introduction of color lithography into the United States in 1840 began a revolution in graphic design. Before lithography, color illustrations were expensive and uncommon because they had to be produced by hand one at a time. Lithography allowed production of multiple copies of complex, multi-colored images. By the 1880s, inexpensive color prints had flooded American homes, businesses and public spaces and changed our visual expectations forever.

Harvesting Machinery poster.

Color Lithograph, ca. 1876

Printed by Clay and Co. (Buffalo and Chicago)
for C.H. & L.J. McCormick (Chicago)
22.25" x 28"
WHI 2343

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