A68.90.2

Grand Patent India-Rubber Air Line Railway to California
1849
19.75 in HIGH x 25.5 in WIDE
(50.16 cm HIGH x 64.77 cm WIDE)
Oakland Museum of California Founders Fund
A68.90.2

BL (print): Lith. & Pub. by N. Currier
BR (print): 152 NASSAU ST. COR. OF SPRUCE N.Y. BC (print): ENTERED ACCORDING TO ACT OF CONGRESS IN THE YEAR 1849 BY N. CURRIER, IN THE CLERK'S OFFICE OF THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF N.Y./GRAND PATENT INDIA-RUBBER AIR LINE RAILWAY TO CALIFORNIA./COMPETITION DEFIED. B edge (print): FROM THE ATLANTIC TO THE PACIFIC, THROUGH IN NO TIME. THE PRINCIPLE OF THIS RAILWAY IS SUCH THAT IF THE PASSENGERS ARE NICELY BALANCED BOTH IN MIND AND BODY, ALL THAT IS NECESSARY TO LAND THEM AT THE "GOLD DIGGENS" IS TO CUT THE LINE ON THE ATLANTIC SIDE, THEN BY ONE JERK, THEY REACH/IN SAFETY THEIR PLACE OF DESTINATION. REVERSE THE ABOVE AND THEY ARE BACK AGAIN.-N.B. WHAT IS CLAIMED IN THIS PATENT, IS HAVING DISCOVERED THE _IMMENSE_ EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION OF INDIA RUBBER.
Gold Fever! The Lure and Legacy of the California Gold Rush. Jan 24, 1998 - Oct. 31, 1999

Reproduced in _The 49ers_, Time-Life Books, N.Y., 1974.

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