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About 15,000 historical prints (ca. 1700-1900) in the Popular Graphic Art (PGA) series created to document geographic locations or popular subjects and sometimes used for advertising and educational purposes. Most are by American printmakers (e.g., Baillie, Currier & Ives, Sachse & Co.), but publishers in many other countries are also represented (e.g., Antonio Vanegas Arroyo). Subjects vary widely, from city and harbor views, street scenes, and manufacturing plants to genre scenes, historical events, religious iconography and portraits.
Also represented as they are individually cataloged and digitized are popular graphic art items (ca. 1860-1980) in the Popular and Applied Graphic Art (PAGA 7) series, that include popular prints and applied graphic art items such as multi-page calendars.
Most of the items in both PGA and PAGA 7 series were received through copyright deposit.
For more information, see the research guide, Popular Graphic Art Prints at the Library of Congress (1600s-1970s).