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 Original 1861 Print of

The Founding of Vassar Female College!

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 Vassar Female College

 Vassar Female College

Founding of Vassar Female College:

You are viewing an original 1861 leaf showing the Founding of Vassar Female College.  It is an actual page from the original March 30, 1861 edition of Harper's Weekly, the most popular illustrated newspaper of the time.  Note that this is not a reprint, and I absolutely guarantee its authenticity.  This print is over 130 years old!

This is a rare and important piece, and would make the ultimate gift for anyone who is attending or has attended Vassar College.  The top of the print contains an ornate banner reading "Vassar Female College", and has an actual portrait of Mathew Vassar, founder of the school.  The middle picture shows the architects drawing of what the school will look like.  The bottom picture shows Mathew Vassar presenting the funds to the Board of Trustees.  

This is a stunning print which will immediately be the center of attention in any room or office in which it is displayed. It is particularly important in that it was printed within days of Mathew Vassar's generous gift to create the college.

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 Antique Newspapers for over 10 years.  It is a fascinating hobby, and I find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and hung on your wall.  I have many  Harper's Weekly prints in my collection, so email me with special requests.




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