Souvenir of the Hudson River, published by Wittmann Brothers

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Two pages from Souvenir of the Hudson River, published by Wittmann Brothers. The inscription in the back reads “Bought Sept. 1881 on Steamer Vibbard.”

A New York State Library website has some background on the boat:

In the first full season of the Day Line in 1864 the steamer Chauncey Vibbard was launched and paired with the Daniel Drew to provide regular steamboat service between New York and Albany. Service was offered six days a week, but never on Sunday. As one of the steamboats was traveling upriver, the other was traveling downriver. The Day Line claimed its steamboats operated under the “nine hour system.” That is, it took nine hours for the boats to complete the trip between Albany and New York City, with Poughkeepsie as the half-way point for these trips.

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