Extraordinary vintage sepia matte-finish 10 x 5.25 photo of the Eiffel Tower during construction in late 1887, depicting the tower's four massive pillars with central scaffolding structure, affixed to the original 13 x 12.25 mount as issued in preparation for the Exposition Universelle of 1889, signed on the mount in black ink, "G. Eiffel," with another hand adding an inscription and date of January 1, 1888. Printed caption to lower mount reads: "Progress of the Work from December 11, 1887, G. Eiffel, Engineer & Builder." In very good to fine condition, with light scuffing and small flecks of emulsion loss to the image, and edge tears and obvious loss to the mount which could be matted out to produce an attractive display.
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