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Commercial Street, Atchison, Kansas
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore, artist
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
    William M. Merrick
    born: Wilbraham, Massachusetts, United States
  • Commercial Street, Atchison, Kansas, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Atchison, Kansas, United States
  • offset lithograph, watercolor
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 3/4 x 12 1/2 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 222.25 x 317.5 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0546

Commercial Street, Atchison, Kansas is a lithograph made from a sketch by William M. Merrick in Harper's Weekly, July 28, 1866. This picture illustrates an everyday scene at that time. The artist has depicted the style of buildings in the business section - a medley of brick structures and cottonwood shanties. The bank is the Exchange National Bank, still operating today, the cashier a grandson of the founder. Since its inception the bank has been conducted by this one family. The figures on the street are drawn from life.