City Views, USA, New York, Blackwell Bridge
"Die Blackwell-Bruecke in New York"
Blackwell's Bridge in NYC.
Lithograph by R. Schmalenberg. His signature is in the lower right corner of this lithograph.It is undated. But it is safe to assume, that it was published in the year of inauguration
Blackwell's Bridge was named so during construction and for a short time after opening (1909).
The name derived from Blackwell Island (now Rosesevelt Island), which served as basis for two of the four main bridge pillars across East River. The bridge was renamed Queensboro Bridge, popularly also called 59th Street Bridge, as it arrive in Manhattan between 59th and 60th Street.
This important bridge spans East River and connects Manhattan with Long Island and is thus one of the important early 20th century traffic constructions.
Schmalenberg has portrayed the Bridge, here still titled "Blackwell-Bridge", either shortly before or right after inauguration. The German publication, in which this print was published dares from 1910.
The artist centered, staged, featured the bridge in the middle of a futuristique phantasy world, with retrospectives like three mast sail ships and previews of air planes and a blimp. The two layer bridge is alive with railroad passenger trains, pedestrians and, on the low deck, with horse carriages. There is a marine war ship as well as a big steamship, and there are the first high rise buildings risen in Manhattan. I would not call them sky scrapers. But the tendency in NYC is directed upward.
It is a fascinating lithograph, letting the viewer be a contemporary witness of urban development, of daring, modern bridge architecture and of looking into the future in which these hints of a technical revolution will soon become facts.
There is half a book page of German explanation with regard to the bridge. I could not buy the original. But there was a xerox copy with the print. This copy is enclosed.
The print is clean and in very good condition. It has, in order to fit the size of the book it was published in, two vertical folds. Lower left the hint (in German) towards the mentioned explanatory text on page 471 of the book. Reverse side is blank.
22,1 x 41,8 cm (ca. 8.7 x 16.5")