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American Frontier Collection

The American Frontier, a captivating era in history that shaped the nation we know today

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American Frontier Collection: Commodore Perry Owens (1852-1919) (b / w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: The 'Plainsmen' at Norfolk, June 16, 1927 (b/w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: The 'Plainsmen' at Norfolk, June 16, 1927 (b/w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: Covered Wagon Days, c.1770-1959 (print)
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American Frontier Collection: The Two Bills, 1905 (print)
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American Frontier Collection: The 'Plainsmen' at Norfolk, June 16, 1927 (b/w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: Pioneer Limited, c.1770-1959 (print)
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American Frontier Collection: The 'Plainsmen' at Norfolk, June 16, 1927 (b/w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: Calamity Jane, 1895 (b/w photo)
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American Frontier Collection: Explorers: Frontiersman Daniel Boone, 1931 (woodcut print)
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American Frontier Collection: Cover of the score sheet for The Trapper, 1857 (litho)
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American Frontier Collection: George Rogers Clark accepts the surrender of British commander Henry Hamilton at Fort
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American Frontier Collection: The Jolly Flatboatmen, 1846 (oil on canvas)
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American Frontier Collection: Rocky Mountains, Landers Peak, 1863 (oil on canvas)

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The American Frontier, a captivating era in history that shaped the nation we know today. Commodore Perry Owens, with his stern gaze captured in a black and white photograph, stands as a symbol of courage and resilience during this time. The "Plainsmen, " united at Norfolk on June 16, 1927, also immortalized in monochrome frames, embody the spirit of adventure that defined the frontier. Covered Wagon Days from 1770 to 1959 marked an era of migration and exploration across vast landscapes. It was a period where dreams were pursued amidst challenges and hardships. The Two Bills, frozen in time through a print from 1905, remind us of the camaraderie forged on these untamed frontiers. Pioneer Limited represents not just a train but an emblematic journey into uncharted territories spanning nearly two centuries. Its wheels carried pioneers seeking new beginnings and opportunities beyond their wildest imaginations. Calamity Jane's enigmatic presence in a haunting black and white photograph from 1895 showcases her indomitable spirit as she fearlessly navigated the rugged terrain alongside men who dared to venture into unknown lands. Frontiersman Daniel Boone emerges from woodcut prints dating back to 1931 as an explorer extraordinaire whose name became synonymous with bravery and discovery. His footsteps carved paths for generations to follow. The Trapper's litho score sheet cover transports us back to 1857 when trapping fur was both livelihood and survival on the unforgiving frontier. It serves as a reminder of resourcefulness amid harsh conditions. Lastly, George Rogers Clark accepting British commander Henry Hamilton's surrender at Fort captures one pivotal moment among many that led to America's expansion westward—a testament to determination prevailing over adversity. These glimpses into America's past reveal tales of triumphs amidst trials—of individuals who pushed boundaries physically, mentally, and emotionally; forging ahead despite uncertainty.