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 Nathaniel Currier

Nathaniel Currier

Birth
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 20 Nov 1888 (aged 75)
Amesbury, Essex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 108, Lot 8325
Memorial ID 2628 · View Source
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Lithographer. He co-founded the “Currier and Ives” lithography company. Born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, he attended public school until age fifteen, when he was apprenticed to the Boston, Massachusetts printing firm of William and John Pendleton, who were the first successful lithographers in the United States. Lithography was only recently been invented in Europe, and Currier learned the process in their shop. The following year, Currier moved to New York City, New York, where he was to start a new business with John Pendleton. Pendleton backed out, and the new firm became Currier and Stodart, which lasted only one year. In 1835, Currier started his own lithographic business as an eponymous sole proprietorship. He initially engaged in standard lithographic business of printing sheet music, letterheads, handbills, etc. However, he soon took his work in a new direction, creating pictures of current events. In late 1835, he issued a print illustrating a recent fire in New York, “Ruins of the Merchant's Exchange N.Y. after the Destructive Conflagration of Decbr 16 & 17, 1835” was published by the “New York Sun”, just four days after the fire, and was an early example of illustrated news. In 1840, Currier began to move away from job printing and into independent print publishing. In that year, the Sun published his print “Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat 'Lexington' in Long Island Sound on Monday Eveg Jany 13th 1840, by Which Melancholy Occurrence Over 100 Persons Perished”, another documentation of a news event, three days after the disaster; the print sold thousands of copies. In 1850 James Ives came to work for Currier's firm as bookkeeper. He quickly set out to improve and modernize his new employer's bookkeeping methods. He reorganized the firm's sizable inventory, and used his artistic skills to streamline the firm's production methods. By 1857, Nathaniel Currier had become so dependent on Ives’ skills and initiative that he offered him a full partnership in the firm and appointed him general manager. The two men chose the name “Currier & Ives” for the new partnership, and became close friends. Nathaniel retired from his firm in 1880, and turned the business over to his son. He was 75 years old at the time of his death.

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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2628
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Nathaniel Currier (27 Mar 1813–20 Nov 1888), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2628, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .