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The US Capitol Dome:

You are viewing an original 1864 Civil War print of the just finished US Capital Building. The print is captioned, "Interior of the New Dome of the Capital At Washington". This print  is from an 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the day.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and the Civil War in its opening chapter.

This is a rare and collectible print, showing the interior of the United States Capital, shortly after the dome was completed.  The print shows a number of people in period dress admiring the interior of the capital.  Another group of people are seen in the mezzanine looking at the artwork on the wall.  The capital was a great source of pride for the people.  this is a really nice print, in fine condition.  There is a small margin tear, not affecting the print.  

This print will make a stunning display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It would make a great gift for anyone interested in politics.  I guarantee your complete Satisfaction!     

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 22 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.




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