Sixty Miles an Hour.
(gothic border round silk & fancy lettering for main title)
|Woven on silk:-
Printed at top of card-mount:-
SIXTY MILES AN HOUR.
Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
| || || |
THE FIRST TRAIN RAN ON SEPTEMBER 27TH, 1825.
FROM STOCKTON TO DARLINGTON.
WOVEN IN THE
INVENTOR & MANUFACTURER
COVENTRY & LONDON.
cm deep by cm wide
cm high by cm wide
by Austin Sprake:
by Geoffrey Godden:
This is one of the earliest Stevengraphs, being first introduced at the 1879 York Exhibition. The landscape picture shows the Lord Howe engine drawing two coaches - the same picture that was so popular when retitled THE PRESENT TIME [st476 on this site].
This early version has the sub-title or description 'The First train ran on September 27th, 1825, From Stockton to Darlington' below the picture on the card-mount, with the credit 'Thomas Stevens, Inventor & Manufacturer, Coventry & London' in the bottom right-hand corner, and in the bottom left-hand corner the wording 'Woven in the York Exhibition, 1879'.
Two versions of the card-mount are recorded - one of type A2 with printed Gothic-line border and fancy lettering to the main title, as above, and the other without the line-border and with plain lettering for the title STEPHENSON'S 'TRIUMPH', [see st564 on this site]. Both of these versions were made in 1879, after which the new title THE PRESENT TIME was used for the same picture.
Godden records this design as having been registered on 22nd October 1879. The Exhibition itself however opened on 7 May 1879, so this registration was very late in relation to the exhibition.
same picture but with green coloured silk replaced with brown:
This page was created on 15 March 2006
and new image added 30 October 2014, and replaced with improved version 2 May 2019 © Peter Daws
Web site address: www.stevengraph-silks.com