American Stagecoach

ID: 91-3693

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: 1848

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 41 Folder 1

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Photograph of the Concord Stagecoach, American stagecoach in 1848, possibly in front of the Army Medical Museum. This coach was built in 1848 by J.S. and A.E. Abbott and Lewis Downing and Sons, of Concord, New Hampshire. John L. French was the body builder and F.S. Gerald, the blacksmith. It was a gift of Will Rogers and Fred Stone. Coaches of this type popularly known as the "Western Stagecoach," were operated by the hundreds in the East and West from about 1825 to the mid-1800's. They carried mail, passengers, and express between communities that had no other transportation and connected outlying places with railroads and rivers.


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This exhibit is also featured in Widder, Robert B. A PICTORAL TREASURY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, 1966, p. 198.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives Record Unit 95 Box 41 Folder 1

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,



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Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Object; Medium: Photographic print

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