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Printmakers Nathaniel Currier and James Merritt Ives formed a highly successful Currier and Ives partnership which lasted from 1834-1907. The pair mass produced prints depicting scenes from American life that could then be sold on cheaply to a public who became hugely receptive to the works. Indeed, the prints proved so popular the pair soon expanded the company, establishing offices across the country and also in London, with the sentimental and topical images proving a perfect fit for Victorian sensibilities. After the death of Ives in 1895 both their sons continued the business. However they did so with less success, with developments in printing technology eventually forcing liquidation of the company in 1907. Despite the fortunes of the company the images survive and enjoy continued popularity.
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