Without question, the most famous, and possibly the most prolific, American printmaker of the 19th century was the New York firm of Currier and Ives. Over a period of about 60 years, from the 1830s to the end of the nineteenth century, Currier & Ives, who styled themselves as "printmakers to the people," produced more than 7,000 prints. In the process, they employed some of the best artists of the day. Today original Currier & Ives prints are highly sought-after, presenting a picture of a 19th century America that is long gone. Tracing the growth of the country from an agricultural to an industrialized economy, and addressing almost all facets of life and society, Currier & Ives prints offer a pictorial record of the young nation that cannot be surpassed.