Nathaniel Currier [along with his publishing partner James Merritt Ives (American, 1824–1895)] made popular imagery available to the masses in the nineteenth century by selling inexpensive color lithographs. Images depicting the lives of young people engaged in play or productive pastimes were best sellers and decorated working-class as well as middle-class homes. Many times these images were aspirational—the children and environments depicted were prosperous and refined. For those who sought to raise their social status, these places and activities reflected dreams for a better future, if not for the parents, then for the children they nurtured.
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