Buffalo & Chicago: Clay & Co. nd [ca. 1878?]. Chromolithograph, 17 1/4 x 24 1/4 in. image on a 20 x 26 in. sheet. An elaborately illustrated advertisement for "The Old Reliable Schuttler Wagon." A frontier trading post or fort is shown partially surrounded by a stockade fence set in clearing near a river, and surrounded by mountains (likely the Rockies). A long train of covered wagons approaches the site from a trail leading down from one of the hills. In the clearing tents are encamped, horses are being watered, a campfire is kindled and a group of people gather around. "The Old Reliable Schuttler Wagon" is painted on a rock at the left foreground of the image, and a man drives a farm wagon with "Peter Schuttler, Chicago" printed on the side. A dramatic, nice bright image. Item #61995
Peter Schuttler emigrated from Germany in 1834. He was employed as a wagon maker in Sandusky, Ohio before moving to Chicago in 1843 and opening his own wagon manufacturing business. The company became one of the major suppliers of wagons to emigrants headed west after discovery of gold in California. By the 1850s he was producing about 1800 wagons a year and employed over 100 people. When Schuttler died in 1865, his son Peter took over the business and continued its expansion to over 300 employees and some $400,000 in sales. Peter Schutter III ran the business into the mid-1920s when the nascent automobile industry began to affect its sales. [see Encyclopedia of Chicago, Dictionary of Leading Chicago Businesses, 1820-2000.]
Hugh M. Clay, the lithographer, began working as an artist in Buffalo in 1854 with the firm Compton & Gibson, according to Jay Last in his "The Color Explosion: Nineteenth-Century American Lithography," [Santa Ana, CA: 2005], pp.54-55. From 1864-1877 he was in partnership with Herman Cosack, as Clay & Cosack, or Clay, Cosack & Co. In 1878 he briefly was on his own as Clay & Co., before forming a partnership with Henry Richmond (Clay & Richmond, 1879-1886). Clay retired in 1886.
Peters, "America on Stone," pp.142-3. No listings found on OCLC.