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Steamboat Photographs

Steamboat General Lytle
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: c. 1877
The steamboat 'General Lytle' low in the water on the Ohio River.
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Photograph of the General Lytle Steamboat.

Steamboats like this carried passengers, supplies, and mail across the United States. This is a primary source because it was photographed around 1877.

Steamboat Morning Star
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: c. 1858
The Louisville and Evansville mail packet boat, 'Morning Star' on the Ohio River.
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Photograph of the Morning Star Steamboat.

This photograph is a primary source too because it was actually taken during its journey on the Ohio river.

Steamboat Chesapeake
Photographer: Unknown
Date created: Between 1883 – 1887
The 'Chesapeake', a U.S. Mail steamboat, docked at an unidentified port.
National Postal Museum, Curatorial Photographic Collection

Photograph of the U.S Mail Packet Chesapeake Steamboat.

Is this photograph a primary or secondary source? Explain your answer.