Two horse-drawn sleds skid past each other as they come to a crash in this 19th century lithographic illustration. The leftmost carriage is drawn by two black horses as a single man dressed in dark winter-wear rides the sled and directs the horses. He grips the reigns tightly as he slows the horses down to lessen the impact of the seemingly-inevitable collision. Meanwhile, a man and woman are aboard the sled to his right, which is pulled by two light-grey horses. As the opposite sled attempts to come to a halt, they look towards the sled with surprised expressions on their faces and hope that an accident can be prevented. Lining the snow-covered row is a two-story wooden house with a gabled roof that is dusted in snow, as well as many trees that have lost their leaves as a result of the cold.
Lithography is a method of printing developed by German inventor Alois Senefelder in 1798. In lithography, an image is drawn onto a limestone plate with a correctional fluid that is designed to repel water, while the stone itself preserves the image. Lithographic images could also be used to easily produce copies of the same picture, and so it became a popular method of printing throughout the world and first appeared in the United States in 1819. However, the lithographic process was very time-consuming and had its fair share of flaws, and so it eventually merged with photography in 1855 to create a faster process known as “photolithography”, which transferred the image onto the stone by a photographic process.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.