Boats — March 1, 2012 at 12:01 am

The “City of New York” Ocean Liner

City of New York by Bliss USA, late 1800s
City of New York by Bliss USA, late 1800s
BY JACK HERBERT

QUITE PROBABLY THE MOST handsome early paper-on-wood toy is this 40″ long “City of New York” Ocean Liner, circa 1895. The toy is based on one of the very first ocean liners to sail under the banner of the United States. It was of the era that still boasted a gracefully extended prow, and auxiliary sails on twin masts in addition to its basic steam engine.

Toward the end of the 19th Century, Bliss, USA, offered its paper-on-wood toy model of this ship. Here it is, still in extraordinary fine original condition. To help you appreciate the workmanship of this ship, here are four close-up pictures of individual sections of this magnificent toy.

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