The following was written and submitted by Jean Ershler Schatz, artist and researcher from Laguna Woods, California:
James Ives was born in 1824 in New York City. He worked as a lithographer before 1852, was hired by Currier and in five years became his partner. For forty years he served as the firm's business manager. The firm published 7000 prints from 1857 to 1907.