Lot 303: (STEREOS--PITTSBURGH RAILWAY RIOTS) A group of 12 dramatic stereo views depicting the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Railway Riots of 1877

Swann Auction Galleries

October 25, 2016, 1:00 PM EST
New York, NY, US
2 saved

More About this Item


Description: (STEREOS--PITTSBURGH RAILWAY RIOTS)
A group of 12 dramatic stereo views depicting the aftermath of the Pittsburgh Railway Riots of 1877.
Including jaw-dropping scenes of Pittsburgh in ruins: burned rail car wreckages and shells of buildings litter the landscape. Albumen prints, the images measuring approximately overall 3 5/8x6 1/2 inches (9.2x16.5 cm.), on cream mounts, nearly all with handwritten numbers and printed captions identifying the entire set, on mount verso; lightly soiled. 1877
Notes: Due to various economic hardships and an increasing level of dissatisfaction during the Long Depression, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 erupted after the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad cut wages for a third time that year. The wage cuts and striking spread across the nation to New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Missouri, and Illinois, but were worst in Pittsburgh, escalating quickly into riots in which strikers burned 39 buildings, 120 locomotives, and over 1000 rail cars. Looting, ransacking, and pillaging ensued. An estimated 60 people were killed and between $4 and $7 million dollars of damage was sustained to the city and railroad.

View Additional Images of This Lot
Request more information
Accepted forms of payment: Money Order / Cashiers Check, Personal Check, Wire Transfer
Shipping: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium
$0 - 100,000: 30.0%
$100,001 - 1,000,000: 25.0%
$1,000,001+: 17.0%
From: To: Increment:
$0 $149 $10
$150 $499 $25
$500 $999 $50
$1,000 $1,999 $100
$2,000 $5,999 $200
$6,000 $9,999 $500
$10,000 $19,999 $1,000
$20,000 $49,999 $2,000
$50,000 $99,999 $5,000
$100,000 $199,999 $10,000
$200,000 $499,999 $20,000
$500,000+ $50,000
Payment Information: Payment must be made by cash, check, certified check or money order. Purchases paid using personal checks may be held until payment has cleared. Swann does not accept credit cards or PayPal for purchases. Non-US purchasers must pay using a US-dollar denominated check drawn on a US bank, or by international money order or bank transfer.
Shipping Information: Upon request, Swann will facilitate the shipping of purchases to out-of-town buyers at an additional charge for packing, shipping and insurance, but will not be responsible for any loss, damage or delay resulting from the packing, handling and shipping thereof. Unless specific instructions are received, Swann is the sole judge of the method to be used for shipment. Packing and shipping costs will be noted on the invoice mailed to successful bidders after the sale, and are based on the actual costs involved. Be advised that a full commercial invoice must accompany any purchase shipped outside the US.
Buyer's Premium: Buyer's Premium is 25% of the hammer price up to and including $100,000; 20% of the portion of the hammer price above $100,000 up to and including $1,000,000; and 12% of the portion of the hammer price above $1,000,000.
Taxes on your purchase: SALES TAX. All items purchased are subject to payment of the New York City and State sales tax of 8.875% on the total purchase price (final bid plus the Buyer's Premium as defined in paragraph 7 of the Conditions of Sale) unless the purchaser presents proof of exemption therefrom. An exempt purchaser must provide a properly completed New York State Resale Certificate (Form ST-120) evidencing possession of a valid New York State Resale or, for non-New York State businesses, the equivalent resale authorization from another locale. Purchases will not be released unless all sales tax requirements are satisfied. Purchases shipped outside of New York State are not subject to sales tax.
Condition Statement: Available upon request.
View full terms and conditions