'George Stephenson and the Rocket'.
3 2 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 24cm

'George Stephenson and the Rocket'.

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An interestingly faked undated photograph, purporting to be of George Stephenson and the Rocket steam locomotive at around the time of the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway (1830). The fact that this event took place only shortly after the invention of photography (1826) and before Fox Talbot's invention of the negative/positive process (1835-1839) may have made the forgery easier to spot. George Stephenson (1781-1848), nicknamed 'the father of railways', was the engineer for the Stockton & Darlington Railway (1825), and the Liverpool & Manchester Railway (1829). His son Robert (1803-1859), also an engineer and designed the 'Rocket' locomotive which won the 'Rainhill Trials' in 1829.

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