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1854 Article Railway Turntable Railroad Locomotive Train Historical Robie YSA2

1854 Article Railway Turntable Railroad Locomotive Train Historical Robie YSA2

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This is an original 1854 one-page black and white print article from Scientific American, with in-text wood engraving illustrations, describing an improvement for turn-tables for railroads. The device described is the invention of J. C. Robie of Binghamton, NY. This is an excellent original print item for the railroad enthusiastic or collector of railroad memorabilia!


This 160+ year old Item is rated Very Fine. Light foxing and aging. Light wrinkling. No tears. Moderate water stain - top right corner.

  • Product Type: Original Print Article; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 9.75 x 14.5 inches; 25 x 37 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

The mid-19th century might well be labeled the Age of Invention. New technologies and scientific discoveries prompted an explosion of new inventions which were duly described in the pages of Scientific American --the Advocate of Industry and Journal of Scientific, Mechanical and other Improvements. Some of these inventions were undoubtedly useful such as improvements to farm plows, seeders, mills, woodworking machines, hospital beds, etc. However, a number of them, at least to our 21st century eyes, border on the ridiculous to the merely goofy. Perhaps this collection will awaken your creative muse in addition to simply amusing you.