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Original 1861 Civil War Print of:

Navy Yard at Norfolk Virginia

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Navy Yard at Norfolk

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Norfolk Navy Yard.  It 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.  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 had been elected President of the United States, and the Civil War was in its opening chapter.

This is an impressive and highly displayable print.  The top illustration is captioned, "The Navy Yard at Norfolk, Virginia, and it shows a view of the Navy yard from the water.  The illustration shows two large Man-of-War battle ships, and shows the docks and buildings on the shore.  A number of smaller craft including sail boats and row boats can be seen in the water.  Below the leaf is a story on the ship yard as it was in 1861.  Fascinating to hold the leaf in your hand and think about the world on the day it was printed.

The leaf also includes a series of smaller illustrations of the interior of Fort Sumter.  It includes illustrations of major Anderson's quarters, Major Anderson's Candlestick, and various other Fort Sumter scenes. The reverse side includes a number of fascinating stories of the news of the day.  

This illustration would make a spectacular addition to your collection. It would make a lovely gift for any one associated with this famous ship yard, or anyone who ever served in the US Navy.  It will make a wonderful display when framed and placed in an office or study.  

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 leaf is in excellent condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period.  It is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 




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