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GregAlex

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As a result of the de-acquisition of the American Bank Note Co. Archives, primarily in the 1990s, a great number of steel and copper printing plates were auctioned off and now reside in private collections. I have one small steel plate, myself.

During my recent trip East, a collector friend gifted me with a lavish engraved print that he'd had printed from a large plate he'd acquired many years ago. This was a header for two 1894 bonds issued by the New York, Lake Erie & Western Railroad Co.

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(Bond images courtesy of the Coxrail database.)
HLBN train print.jpg 

I also have print from another friend who had it made from a transfer roll. This was originally engraved by the Homer Lee Banknote Co. for a Mobile & Birmingham RR bond, and it appears on other bonds as well.

HLBN train print.jpg 
HLBN train print.jpg
 

I have quite a number of smaller vignettes that friends have printed from plates over the years. I'll share them here and I'd like to welcome anyone else who has something like this to post here, as well.

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Here's my ABNC plate and a variety of color prints from it. My favorite was the red brown.

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Indian River red brown.jpg 
Indian River color proofs.jpg 

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Very cool engraved prints. Lucky you.
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Here are three more privately printed banknote engravings. You can actually see the die impression marks on these. Btw, the ship is the SS Bristol, which ran the Fall River Line out of New York, from 1867 to 1888 -- very lavish vessel.

Western BN&E Co.jpg  SS Bristol.jpg  Parsons Paper Co.jpg 

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Those are some very cool engravings.  I really like the one of the SS Bristol.
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The view of the Bristol was modeled from an old stereocard. When you flip the image everything lines up, even the flags. Except that the Bristol was actually docked and the engraver decided to add some people on the decks.

SS Bristol flipped.jpg  Bristol stereoview card.jpg

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Here's a private print of a little state seal of Massachusetts from a plate by American Bank Note Co. I was able to trace it to a matching Boston & Albany Railroad bond.

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Boston & Albany RR state seal.jpg 

Boston & Albany RR bond.jpg 

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