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Guide to the Society of Iconophiles Print Collection
1895-1929
 PR 160

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New York, NY 10024
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Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Society of Iconophiles Print Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1895-1929
Abstract: Collection of prints, mostly New York scenes, issued by the Society of Iconophiles.
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 drawer)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 160

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Historical Note

The Society of Iconophiles was formed in 1894 by William Loring Andrews (1837-1920), a member of the Grolier Club. Its stated purpose was to issue series of engraved views of New York City and portraits of prominent persons connected with New York City. Each series of engravings was issued in an edition of 101. Eleven of these were proofs before letter, which were signed by the engraver. The plates were destroyed after this first printing. The Society initially limited itself to ten members, each of whom was to receive one of these signed proofs. The other 90 prints were sold to the public. In 1905, the Society of Iconophiles enlarged its circle by creating fifty Associate Members, who subscribed to the upcoming print series. The initial group of ten became known as the Active Members. During its tenure, the Society produced seventeen discrete series of prints, other assorted prints, and several volumes. The Society of Iconophiles ceased to exist in 1939.

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Scope and Content Note

The Society of Iconophiles Print Collection spans the period from 1895 to 1929 and contains an almost complete set of the prints issued by the Society during its existence. Many duplicate prints and some explanatory material are included. The collection includes engravings (including aquatint and mezzotint), etchings, lithographs, and photogravures. The collection is divided into sixteen series after the Society's published print series: Twelve Engravings by Edwin D. French; Twelve Lithographs by C. F. W. Mielatz; Six Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King; Six Portraits, with Views, Engraved by Francis S. King; Ten Facsimiles of Early Engraved Views Reengraved by Sidney L. Smith; Two Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King; Eight Aquatints by C.F.W. Mielatz; Twelve Lithographs by Joseph Pennell; Twelve Engravings by W. M. Aikman, Frances S. King, and Sidney L. Smith; Picturesque New York: Twelve Photogravures from Monotypes by C. F. W. Mielatz; Six Etchings, from Photographs, by Sidney L. Smith; One Mezzotint by S. Arlent Edwards; Three Engravings of Statues by Francis S. King; Six Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith; Eight Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith; and Two Engravings Printed in Colors by Charles Furth.

The subjects shown in the prints follow the Society's stated purpose: all are views of New York City or portraits of New Yorkers. Early views of New York, either reengravings or prints after oil paintings, abound. These generally show important early New York landmarks or buildings, such as the Morris-Jumel House, City Hall, Fraunces Tavern, the Tontine Coffee House, St. Paul's Chapel and other churches, and the Battery. Waterfront scenes and buildings, as well as views of the cityscape from Brooklyn and New Jersey, are common. Contemporary scenes of New York show some of these same buildings, as well as those more recently built. Views of lower Manhattan prevail, although a few early twentieth century views show Union Square, Times Square, and several points in between.

Portraits include early American engravers, such as Alexander Anderson and Paul Revere; politicians and military leaders like DeWitt Clinton, George Washington, William Tecumseh Sherman, and General Lafayette; and poets Fitz-Greene Halleck and Joseph Rodman Drake.

Artists commissioned by the Society of Iconophiles were Edwin Davis French and Sidney L. Smith, bookplate artists who were favorites of the Grolier Club members; printmakers Francis Scott King, Charles Frederick William Mielatz, and Walter M. Aikman; and the celebrated lithographer and illustrator Joseph Pennell.

Series titles were taken from A List of Engravings Issued by the Society of Iconophiles, 1895-1925. This and several other catalogs can be found in the front of Box 1. Prospectus about the launch of a new series or a specific print from a series are filed at the end of each series' prints. Print titles and dates were transcribed from the letterpress-printed wrappers issued to hold each set of prints.

Some series contain prints made from cancelled plates or proofs from the series; as described above, these proofs were issued only to the ten Active Members of the Society. Almost all prints are enclosed in individual folders or are foldered together by series. Provenance information is generally listed in pencil on the verso or the bottom right corner of each print. Prints are listed individually in the box listing, with notation as to the number of copies held; no notation indicates one copy. Several prints from a few series were lacking at the time of cataloging; these prints may not have ever been held by the New-York Historical Society, but are listed in brackets in the box listing in order to show a complete series list.

Arrangement

Organized in sixteen series, after the series of prints published by the Society of Iconophiles.

  1. Series I. Twelve Engravings by Edwin D. French
  2. Series II. Twelve Lithographs by C. F. W. Mielatz
  3. Series III. Six Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King
  4. Series IV. Six Portraits, with Views, Engraved by Francis S. King
  5. Series V. Ten Facsimiles of Early Engraved Views Reengraved by Sidney L. Smith
  6. Series VI. Two Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King
  7. Series VII. Eight Aquatints by C.F.W. Mielatz
  8. Series VIII. Twelve Lithographs by Joseph Pennell
  9. Series IX. Twelve Engravings by W. M. Aikman, Frances S. King, and Sidney L. Smith
  10. Series X. Picturesque New York: Twelve Photogravures from Monotypes by C. F. W. Mielatz
  11. Series XI. Six Etchings, from Photographs, by Sidney L. Smith
  12. Series XII. One Mezzotint by S. Arlent Edwards
  13. Series XIII. Three Engravings of Statues by Francis S. King
  14. Series XIV. Six Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith
  15. Series XV. Eight Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith
  16. Series XVI. Two Engravings Printed in Colors by Charles Furth

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Aquatints
  • Engravings
  • Etchings
  • Lithographs
  • Mezzotints
  • Photogravures
  • Portraits

Subject Topics

  • Streets–New York (State)–New York–Pictorial works

Subject Places

  • New York (N.Y.)--Pictorial works
  • New York (N.Y.)–Buildings, structures, etc,--Pictorial works

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Some prints were purchased as they were issued. Others are from a variety of donors. Many prints were given to the Society as part of the Hall Park McCullough estate gift, 1971.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282
Fax: (212) 579-8794

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Society of Iconophiles Print Collection, PR 160, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Separated Material

Catalogue of the Engravings issued by the Society of Iconophiles of the City of New York (1908) is in the New-York Historical Society's Library.

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Container List

Series I: Twelve Engravings by Edwin D. French

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 1. St. Paul's Chapel (2 copies)
1895 Feb.
Box: 1 Folder : 1 2. The Chancel of St. Paul's Chapel (3 copies)
1895 Apr.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 3. Fraunces' Tavern (2 copies)
1895 May
Box: 1 Folder : 2 4. The Roger Morris House
1895 Jun.
Box: 1 Folder : 2 5. The Hamilton Grange (3 copies)
1895 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 6. St. Mark's Church (3 copies)
1896 Feb.
Box: 1 Folder : 3 7. The City Hall (2 copies)
1896 May
Box: 1 Folder : 4 8. The Halls of Justice ("The Tombs") (3 copies)
1896 Sep.
Box: 1 Folder : 4 9. National Academy of Design (3 copies)
1896 Nov.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 10. St. John's Chapel, Varick Street (2 copies)
1896 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 11. The Murray Hill Distributing Reservoir (3 copies)
1897 Jan.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 12. The Bowling Green (3 copies)
1897 Mar.

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Series II: Twelve Lithographs by C. F. W. Mielatz

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 6 1. The Battery and Castle Garden
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 6 2. Morningside Park and St. Luke's Hospital
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 6 3. The Aaron Burr House, No. 11 Reade Street
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 6 4. Clinton Hall from a sketch made in 1889
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 6 5. High Bridge
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 6 6. On the Harlem River
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 7. South Street from Coenties' Slip
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 8. Oyster Market, near Christopher Street
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 9. Dutch Reformed Church, Kingsbridge Road
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 10. "Five Points"
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 11. The Poe Cottage, Fordham
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 7 12. Old Mill, Van Cortlandt Park
1899

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Series III: Six Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 8 1. [Hugh Gaine]
Box: 2 Folder : 8 2. Isaiah Thomas
1898
Box: 2 Folder : 8 3. Paul Revere
1899
Box: 2 Folder : 8 4. Alexander Anderson
1899
Box: 2 Folder : 8 5. James Rivington
1901
Box: 2 Folder : 8 6. Amos Doolittle
1901

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Series IV: Six Portraits, with Views, Engraved by Francis S. King

Scope and Contents note

Each portrait is foldered with an accompanying text.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 9 1. Portrait of General Lafayette and a view of his Landing in New York in 1824 (2 copies)
1899
Box: 3 Folder : 10 2. Portrait of Washington and a view of the Evacuation of New York by the British November 25, 1783 (3 copies)
1899
Box: 3 Folder : 11 3. Portrait of DeWitt Clinton and a view of the Battery and Water Parade at the Celebration of the Opening of the Erie Canal November 4th, 1825 (3 copies)
1901
Box: 3 Folder : 12 4. Portrait of Admiral Dewey Commemorating his Arrival in New York September 1899 (3 copies)
1902
Box: 3 Folder : 13 5. Portrait of Aaron Burr and a view of "Richmond Hill"(3 copies)
1902
Box: 3 Folder : 14 6. Portrait of Alexander Hamilton and a view of "The Grange" (2 copies)
1902

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Series V: Ten Facsimiles of Early Engraved Views Reengraved by Sidney L. Smith

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 15 1. Federal Hall (3 copies)
1899 Oct.
Box: 3 Folder : 16 2. New or Middle Dutch Church (5 copies)
1900 Mar.
Box: 3 Folder : 17 3. Columbia College (3 copies)
1900 Jun.
Box: 3 Folder : 18 4. Trinity Church (3 copies)
1900 Oct.
Box: 3 Folder : 19 5. Richmond Hill House (4 copies)
1901 Mar.
Box: 3 Folder : 20 6. St. Paul's Chapel (3 copies)
1901 May
Box: 3 Folder : 21 7. Government House (4 copies)
1902 Jan.
Box: 3 Folder : 22 8. City (Federal) Hall, Wall Street (3 copies)
1902 Mar.
Box: 3 Folder : 23 9. Belvedere House (3 copies)
1903 Jan.
Box: 3 Folder : 24 10. The Battery and Harbor (3 copies)
1903 Mar.

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Series VI: Two Portraits Engraved by Francis S. King

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 25 1. Portrait of Fitz-Greene Halleck (2 copies)
1903
Box: 4 Folder : 25 2. Portrait of Joseph Rodman Drake (3 copies)
1903

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Series VII: Eight Aquatints by C.F.W. Mielatz

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 26 1. A View of New York from Fulton Street, Brooklyn (4 copies)
1904
Box: 4 Folder : 27 2. The Battery, New York, Esplanade and Castle Garden (3 copies)
1904 Jul.
Box: 4 Folder : 28 3. New York Alms House now Bellevue Hospital (4 copies)
1905 Jan.
Box: 4 Folder : 29 4. City Hotel, Broadway between Thames and Cedar Streets (4 copies)
1905 Jun.
Box: 4 Folder : 30 5. Castle Williams from the Battery (2 copies)
1905 Sep.
Box: 4 Folder : 30 6. Brooklyn Ferry, Fulton Street, New York (3 copies)
1905 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 31 7. St. Paul's Chapel and the Rutherford House (4 copies)
1905 Dec.
Box: 4 Folder : 32 8. Castle Clinton and the Battery (4 copies)
1906 May

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Series VIII: Twelve Lithographs by Joseph Pennell

Scope and Contents note

All prints are oversize and are housed in a horizontal folder in a map case.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 1. Battery Park
[1905]
Box: Folder : 2. Broadway from Bowling Green
[1905]
Box: Folder : 3. "Broadway Towers"
[1905]
Box: Folder : 4. The Stock Exchange
[1905]
Box: Folder : 5. Nassau Street
[1905]
Box: Folder : 6. Pine Street
[1905]
Box: Folder : 7. William Street
[1905]
Box: Folder : 8. "Building the Building"
[1905]
Box: Folder : 9. "The Flat Iron"
[1905]
Box: Folder : 10. Union Square
[1905]
Box: Folder : 11. Broadway above 23rd Street
[1905]
Box: Folder : 12. The Times Building
[1905]

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Series IX: Twelve Engravings by W. M. Aikman, Frances S. King, and Sidney L. Smith

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 33 1. A South East Prospect of the City of New York (3 copies)
1906 Feb.
Box: 4 Folder : 33 2. Broadway looking North at Grand Street (2 copies)
1906 Feb.
Box: 4 Folder : 34 3. Clinton Hall, Nassau and Beekman Streets (2 copies)
1906
Box: 4 Folder : 34 4. The Custom House, New York 1799-1815 (2 copies)
1906
Box: 4 Folder : 35 5. A South West Prospect of the City of New York (2 copies)
1906
Box: 4 Folder : 35 6. New Amsterdam About 1650 (2 copies)
1906
Box: 4 Folder : 36 7. Columbia College 1784-1857 (2 copies)
1907
Box: 4 Folder : 36 8. State Street, Nos. 16-19, About 1864
1907
Box: 4 Folder : 36 9. New York in 1775 from the Atlantic Neptune (2 copies)
1907
Box: 4 Folder : 37 10. Broadway and Grand Street from an Oil Painting dated 1830 (2 copies)
1907
Box: 4 Folder : 37 11. Grace and Trinity Churches from a Painting by Wm. Strickland (2 copies)
1908
Box: 4 Folder : 37 12. St. Paul's Chapel about 1812 from a Painting by Wm. Strickland
1908

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Series X: Picturesque New York: Twelve Photogravures from Monotypes by C. F. W. Mielatz

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 38 1. Van Cortlandt Manor House
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 2. Oyster Market, West Street
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 3. St. John's Chapel
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 4. Fraunces' Tavern
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 5. Old Houses on Battery Park
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 6. Rose Street
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 7. Old House, Broadway at Great Jones Street
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 8. Doorway, Third Avenue and 122d Street
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 9. Jumel Mansion
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 10. Coenties Slip in 1891
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 11. Rogers' House, No. 7 State Street
1908 Oct.
Box: 4 Folder : 38 12. Peter Cooper's House, Fourth Avenue and 28th Street
1908 Oct.

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Series XI: Six Etchings, from Photographs, by Sidney L. Smith

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 39 1. Broadway in 1865
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 39 2. Astor House, Broadway, 1867
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 39 3. [New York Hotel, Broadway, 1867]
Box: 4 Folder : 39 4. Bowling Green and State Street, 1880
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 39 5. Wall Street in 1883
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 39 6. [North Dutch Church]
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Announcement about launch of series
1908 Jan.

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Series XII: One Mezzotint by S. Arlent Edwards

Scope and Contents note

All prints are oversize and are housed in a horizontal folder in a map case.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 1. Alexander Hamilton
1909

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Series XIII: Three Engravings of Statues by Francis S. King

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 41 1. David Glasgow Farragut
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 41 2. William Tecumseh Sherman
1909
Box: 4 Folder : 42 3. George Washington
1908

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Series XIV: Six Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 42 1. The Tontine Coffee House, Wall & Water Streets, about 1797 (3 copies)
1910
Box: 4 Folder : 42 View of the City of New York from Mount Pitt
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 43 3. View of the City of New York from Long Island [St. Memin View] (3 copies)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 43 4. A View of the City of New York from Long Island [Montresor View] (2 copies)
1912
Box: 4 Folder : 44 5. View from McGown's Pass looking toward Harlem. About 1842.
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 44 6. William Street at Exchange Place about 1831 (2 copies)
1914
Box: 4 Folder : 45 Announcements about launch of engravings in series
1911

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Series XV: Eight Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith

Scope and Contents note

All prints are oversize and are housed in a horizontal folder in a map case.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 1. Park, New York, 1827. Drawn from nature by A. J. Davis (3 copies)
1914
Box: Folder : 2. City Hall and Park Row 1831 (3 copies)
undated
Box: Folder : 3. A View of Broadway and Trinity Church in 1799 (3 copies)
1917
Box: Folder : 4. A View of Wall Street, Trinity Church and the First Presbyterian Church, about 1825 (2 copies)
1917
Box: Folder : 5. A View of St. Paul's Chapel in 1799 (2 copies)
1918
Box: Folder : 6. New York [The Collect or Fresh Water Pond] (2 copies)
1920
Box: Folder : 7. New York from Brooklyn Heights 6th August 1778 (2 copies)
1922
Box: Folder : 8. View of the Opening of our Batteries at Hell Gate . . . from a Wash Drawing by Archibald Robertson (2 copies)
1926
Box: 4 Folder : 46 Announcements about publications of Nos. 4 and 6
1919-1922

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Series XVI: Two Engravings Printed in Colors by Charles Furth

Scope and Contents note

All prints are oversize and are housed in a horizontal folder in a map case.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : 1. City Hall [The Wall-Hill View reengraved by Sidney L. Smith] (2 copies)
1919
Box: Folder : 2. New York. Engraved by Walter M. Aikman
1921
Box: 4 Folder : 47 Announcement about publications of No. 2
1922

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Oversize Prints

From Series VIII. Twelve Lithographs by Joseph Pennell

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 1. Battery Park
[1905]
Folder: 1 2. Broadway from Bowling Green
[1905]
Folder: 1 3. "Broadway Towers"
[1905]
Folder: 1 4. The Stock Exchange
[1905]
Folder: 1 5. Nassau Street
[1905]
Folder: 1 6. Pine Street
[1905]
Folder: 1 7. William Street
[1905]
Folder: 1 8. "Building the Building"
[1905]
Folder: 1 9. "The Flat Iron"
[1905]
Folder: 1 10. Union Square
[1905]
Folder: 1 11. Broadway above 23rd Street
[1905]
Folder: 1 12. The Times Building
[1905]

From Series XII. One Mezzotint by S. Arlent Edwards

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 1. Alexander Hamilton
1909

From Series XV. Eight Engravings by W. M. Aikman and Sidney L. Smith

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 1. Park, New York, 1827. Drawn from nature by A. J. Davis (3 copies)
1914
Folder: 1 2. City Hall and Park Row 1831 (3 copies)
undated
Folder: 1 3. A View of Broadway and Trinity Church in 1799 (3 copies)
1917
Folder: 1 4. A View of Wall Street, Trinity Church and the First Presbyterian Church, about 1825 (2 copies)
1917
Folder: 1 5. A View of St. Paul's Chapel in 1799 (2 copies)
1918
Folder: 1 6. New York [The Collect or Fresh Water Pond] (2 copies)
1920
Folder: 1 7. New York from Brooklyn Heights 6th August 1778 (2 copies)
1922
Folder: 1 8. View of the Opening of our Batteries at Hell Gate . . . from a Wash Drawing by Archibald Robertson (2 copies)
1926

From Series XVI. Two Engravings Printed in Colors by Charles Furth

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 1 1. City Hall [The Wall-Hill View reengraved by Sidney L. Smith] (2 copies)
1919
Folder: 1 2. New York. Engraved by Walter M. Aikman
1921

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