In 1840 Nathaniel Currier gave the public a new way to see the news when the New York Sun a local NY newspaper contacted the young printer to issue a single sheet of Currier’s recently published print titled ” Awful Conflagration of the Steamboat Lexington in Long Island Sound on January 18,1840 “. This single sheet is considered to make The Sun the very first illustrated newspaper ever published. And thus began the lucrative career of one the most famous publishing houses in America. Currier eventually teamed up with James Merritt Ives and the firm of Currier & Ives was born. They went on to produce over 7500 titles and over one million prints from 1835 to 1907 and provided the American public with the pleasure of having original art in their homes at an affordable price. Today these prints are considered valuable collectables and a part of our American history. This original hand-colored lithograph is in very good condition and is beautifully framed.