Getting to the California gold fields after the discovery of the precious metal at Sutter's Mill in 1848 wasn't easy-by land or by sea. That's where this satiric 1849 print from Currier and Ives comes from. It's called "The Way They Go to California," and tweaks the ore-crazed "Forty-Niners" who rushed to claim a stake and prospect for gold. Currier and Ives depicted the 49ers taking some alternate forms of transportation to California . . . like a personal rocket, which you see in the upper right. Click through for a closer look at what, a century later, would no doubt have been a jetpack.

[Library of Congress LC-USZ62-104557.]