Fort Taylor


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Original 1861 Civil War Print:

Fort Taylor, Key West Florida

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Fort Taylor Civil War

Fort Taylor, Key West Florida

You are viewing an 1861 Civil War print of Fort Taylor in Key West Florida.  It is from an original 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date is clearly marked on the front of the print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War was in its opening chapter.

This is a rare and highly displayable print.  The print is captioned, "Fort Taylor, Key West, Florida".  It features a stunning image of this famous fort.  The period US flag can be seen proudly flying over the fort.  In the foreground, several men are pictured in a small sail boat.  In the background, large Naval Vessels are pictured.  Palm trees can are shown growing on the shoreline. A lone picket is pictured standing guard on the top of the wall. No less than 27 huge Cannons are shown along the top of the fort, and protruding from windows in the sides.

This is a dramatic illustration of this famous fort, and will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It will make an excellent addition to your collection, or would make a wonderful gift for anyone interested in the Civil War.

Unlike newsprint of this century, these older, original pages do not yellow and fall apart.  The reason is that modern newspapers use an acid based process.   Remnant acid in the paper causes the paper to quickly yellow and deteriorate.   A different process was used in the mid-1800's which yielded an exceptional quality paper that will last for centuries. Special acid free mats should be used when you frame this piece to ensure that it will last another 150 years.  Acid free mats are available at most better frame shops.  If you have any questions related to handling or framing this piece feel free to email me. The print is approximately 10 3/4 X 16 inches.  I have been collecting Civil War Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The print is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period. It has some light spots of foxing in the margins.  There are several areas of finger smudging in the margins from people handling the print over the last 130 years. The print is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 





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