Every passing generation casts an illuminating impression into the malleable soil of life's mercurial surface. Most forms are inconsiderable. They glitter momentarily then quickly dissolve into the ether. But the deeper work furrowed into the passionate loam, often produces qualities that endure and burn brightly, near timelessly - like starlight from a source that has long since joined the night.
From the Charm of the East with her bare sloping shoulder to the businessmen in the Pullman car with the Pullman Porter, each of the lithographs below were created in 19th century Cincinnati, save the Whirling Wonders of 1902. I included it mostly because of the great difficulty the artist must have had in drawing the riders in their proper perspective against an angled and circular surface.
The printing ink, dyes and pigments for many of these lithographs were probably made by Ault & Wiborg of Cincinnati. Levi Ault was considered the father of Cincinnati parks and donated the land to create Ault Park. Coloranthistory.org has detailed information about the company here.
These images can be found at the Library of Congress. They were all published before January 1, 1923 and are considered in the public domain with no known copyright restrictions. Copyright duration guidelines of the U.S. Copyright office.