Artists produced thousands of engravings and
lithographs of scenes in the White Mountains.
The American Art Union, Currier & Ives, Louis
Prang and J. H. Bufford distributed thousands. and
in some cases, hundreds of thousands, of copies.
The works of Cole, Cropsey, Kensett, Champney,
and their contemporaries helped increase public
interest in the region, and brought thousands of visitors
Hotels and scenic attractions published a vast amount
of ephemera, most of it illustrated. There are flyers
and brochures to attract visitors, menus, letter heads
and bill heads, letter sheets, and more. These
documents record the expansion of the hotels and
describe the latest improvements to the facilities as well
as services and entertainments for guests. While well
known artists, such as Frank Shapleigh, created some of
this ephemera, much work remains to be done to
identify other artists and engravers.
Illustrations in Books and Magazines
Artists including Winslow Homer created graphics for
Harper's Weekly and other widely distributed magazines.
Hundreds of books contained thousands of prints.
Reports of scientific excursions, such as Jackson's
Geological surveys and Oakes Scenery of the White
Mountains were illustrated with high quality plates
and books by popular writers included many
Illustrations in Guide Books
As more and more visitors came to the region, at first
attracted by the Willey family tragedy, illustrated
guide books proliferated. Some were updated annually,
while others appeared only once or twice. These guides
also included illustrated advertisements for hotels
and railroads and often included maps.
Sheet music was produced for many of the Grand Hotels
in the White Mountains. Many had illustrated covers.
Publishers of Maps used engravings of
| Bird's Eye Views
Over sixty Bird's Eye Views were produced of New
Hampshire cities and towns. Several were done for
towns in the White Mountains.