#90: “Currier and Ives published more than 7,000 prints. They ran a large factory with hundreds of employees, including many full-staff artists. Through their prints are rare and expensive today, they originally sold for 10 cents apiece.”
True. True. Inaccurate.
This firm published 7,500 lithographs over 72 years. It was indeed run like a factory, with lithographs being printed then hand-colored by immigrants who worked there, mostly women who had a background in art.
Smaller prints would sell for between 5 and 20 cents, while larger prints were more expensive, costing between $1 and $3. Today, they usually sell in the hundreds of dollars.