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    Western River Steamboats

    We have a series of prints by J. Franklin Brown of the Western Rivers Steamboats collection.
    We have: "Trimble, City of Louisville, Washington, Joe Fowler, Delta Queen, Belle of Louisville, Betsy Ann, City of Madison".
    These are detailed penciled drawings from original photographs.

    We would like to know if they have any value and, if so, what their value might be.

    Thank you for any help you may offer.

    Art Mengel

    JFB Steamboat Prints

    J. Franklin Brown's steamboat prints show up in many shops, some of them matted and framed and often with a large price tag on them. Mr. Brown passed away in the early 1970's. His drawings were released as 16 x 20 prints on heavy paper stock, as well as on notepaper, etc. At the Howard Steamboat Museum in the late 1960's we sold them for $5 each.

    In recent years I have seen them priced from $25 to $165, but I have seen many of them remain in antique malls unsold for years. The Howard Museum has been the recipient of a number of them, discarded from private collections. Although nicely framed these prints are often yellowed and faded and many of them bring only flea market prices.

    It really is a buyer's market for the prints.