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Wallpaper with Erie Canal Scene, 1825


Historical Context
Document 6. Erie Canal Celebration Commemorative Wallpaper (1825).



This is a picture of the Erie Canal aqueduct at Rochester, New York. In Rochester, the Erie Canal had to cross the Genesee River. The Canal went east and west across New York State, although the Genesee River runs south to north, so an aqueduct was built to carry the Canal across the river.



The aqueduct made it possible for the canal water to be separate from the river water. The Canal, with its water and boats, traveled above the river in the aqueduct. This picture of the Rochester aqueduct is printed on wallpaper, an indication that people wanted a souvenir (a reminder) of the Canal's accomplishments in their homes.

 
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Wallpaper of Erie Canal , New York State Museum, NYSM_erie_canal_wallpaper
Document Description
This picture of the Erie Canal aqueduct at Rochester, over the Genesee River, is printed on wallpaper, an indication that people wanted a souvenir of the Canal's accomplishments in their homes, 1825.
Questions
  1. 1. Describe the picture on this piece of wallpaper.
  2. 2. Why were these pictures printed on wallpaper?
Resources
  1. See a picture of the Rochester aqueduct:

    http://www.rochester.lib.ny.us/rochimag/rochpublib/rpf/rpf00/rpf00001.jpg