Saturday, 4 June 2016

Extreme Shipping: When Express Delivery To California Meant 100 Grueling Days At Sea

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Nowadays, Californians can have almost anything delivered within 24 hours. But during the state's first boom, it took more than 100 days for goods or people to reach San Francisco from the East Coast, and getting there at all was a death-defying feat.

These harrowing journeys around South America's Cape Horn were made by the infamous clipper ships at a time when there was no quick route over land. Their voyages thrust the West Coast into the future, delivering essential goods to build the region's new cities and railroads, along with a novel advertising format featuring gorgeous full-color printing.

(thanks Hunter)

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