B and O
Historical and Descriptive
By J. G. Pangborn
Chicago, Knight & Leonard
Copyright 1882, C. K. Lord
Scanned courtesy of Kent State University Library
The tale of the weeks spent upon the Picturesque Line of America is told as each day unfolded new phases of Nature's gifts so lavishly dispensed over the country to which the narrative refers. The outline of the early history and of the present magnitude of the organization which has indelibly stamped its impress upon American progress will induce renewed admiration for its half century's devotion to the principles of true and enduring advancement. The memories of the strife, the final throes of which a nation waited long years for with bated breath, will be greeted as are those kindled by the reverent glance upon the treasured possessions of the loved and the lost. Out of the great heart of a united people has bitterness been plucked, and he who wore the blue stands by the side of him who wore the gray scenes of past animosities are hallowed in the eyes of both, and tribute tender and touching is paid to the grand heroism of friend and foe alike. The narrative throughout is the reflection of that which was seen, was heard, and was enjoyed. No more faithful is the pen of the scribe than the pencil of the artist.
Every engraving that appears in these pages is new, and, without a single exception, made from nature not from photographs, as is customary even in illustrated works of merit. Further, all were drawn and cut for exclusive use in this work, without having in immediate view their utility for subsequent appearance in magazines. The unapproachable character of the illustrations is evidenced in themselves. The fact that Thomas Moran had furnished upward of seventy new drawings for any work would at once establish its high character in the first art circles, and when are added to the productions of this celebrated artist those of such coadjutors as W. Hamilton Gibson, Sol. Eytinge, J. O. Davidson, W. L. Sheppard, A. Fredericks, George G. White, Hamilton Hamilton, C. M. Jenckes, Paul Dixon, W. A. Fittler, F. B. Schell, J. Hogan, G. Ferris and A. C. Warren, a determination to attain excellence cannot fail to be apparent. In keeping with the fame of the artists is the roll of the engravers, including as it does the names of Karst, Bogert, Morse, Harley, Lauderbach, Clement, Davis, Mayer, Smart, Brighton, Filmer, Held, Pettit, Rae, Schoonmaker, and the American Bank Note Company.
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