Masonic register / Strobridge & Co. Lith. Cincinnati, O.
Print shows a certificate for membership in a masonic order, partially filled out for Alex. F. Clark member of the Rising Sun Lodge no. 103 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., April 4, 1881. On the left column is inscribed in ink "Initiated [...] May 18th 1874" and on the right is inscribed in ink "Passed [...] June 15th 1874". Includes, on the left, a portrait photograph of Clark, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front, probably mounted on a carte-de-visite, which is embedded in the print.
Publication date based on copyright statement on item.
"Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1876 by W. Jones in the Office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington."
Forms part of: Popular graphic art print filing series (Library of Congress).
Alois Senefelder, the inventor of lithography, introduced the subject of colored lithography in 1818. Printers in other countries, such as France and England, were also started producing color prints. The first American chromolithograph—a portrait of Reverend F. W. P. Greenwood—was created by William Sharp in 1840. Chromolithographs became so popular in American culture that the era has been labeled as "chromo civilization". During the Victorian times, chromolithographs populated children's and fine arts publications, as well as advertising art, in trade cards, labels, and posters. They were also used for advertisements, popular prints, and medical or scientific books.