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Model for elevated railroad 1871

Object Number: 
INV.14760
Date: 
1871
Medium: 
Metal, wood, paint
Dimensions: 
Overall: 11 x 36 x 17 in. ( 27.9 x 91.4 x 43.2 cm )
Marks: 
typewritten: on card accompanying model: "SCALE MODEL FOR A PROPOSED ELEVATED RAILROAD - 1871 / DESIGNED AND PATENTED BY DR. RUFUS HENRY GILBERT / FOR OPERATION ON MANHATTAN ISLAND FROM THE BATTERY / TO HARLEM. A LATER AND SIMPLER DESIGN WAS USED IN / T
Description: 
Scale model for a proposed elevated railroad operating between the Battery and Harlem in Manhattan; metal trestle and rails, wooden tracks, and painted rectangular wooden base.
Gallery Label: 
Gilbert Gardner, grandson of Dr. Rufus Henry Gilbert, donated this model to the New-York Historical Society in 1954.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Gilbert Gardner
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group