A “Limited Express”. ” Five Seconds of Refreshments”, Currier & Ives

D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

Train depot passenger train on track, men dashing off across walk and jamming into doorway with sign “Lunch on the American Plan” above

After Thomas Worth American, 1834-1917 Currier & Ives published numerous humorous images, often designed by Thomas Worth. Worth began to work for the firm in 1855 and became one of the company’s most important artists. In addition to his comical designs, Worth also created scenes of horse racing. “A Limited Express” pokes fun at those who traveled for long journeys on the train, when food was often scarce. A group of men leap from the car at one of its stops in order to purchase food from a vendor. Not knowing how quickly the train will leave, the men are shown stampeding over each other in order to buy their goods and return aboard.

Object Creator
Currier & Ives (American, 1834-1907)
Object Creation Date
Hand-colored lithograph
16 1/4 x 12 inches
Gift of Lenore B. and Sidney A. Alpert supplemented with Museum Acquistions Funds
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