This is an impressive illustration. It is captioned, "The
United States Gunboat Wyandotte Firing a Salute on Washington's
Birthday in Pensacola Harbor". It is a really nice view of
this Union warship. In the background you can see Fort Barrancas,
the Barrancas Barraks, and the United States Marine Hospital. It
would be an interesting research project to see if any of these
buildings are still standing. In the foreground two sailors are
pictured standing near a row boat. Making this an even more
collectible piece is the story below the image. The story is
titled "Our Fort Pickens Pictures". It gives a lot of
important details of this area, including a description of the
battleship. There is a lot of interesting reading.
This is a beautiful print, and it will make an impressive
display. It would make an excellent addition to any Navy
collection, or any Civil War collection. It would be of
particular interest to those living in this region of Florida.
It would make an excellent gift.
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
print is approximately 11x16 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 toning that you expect in original material from
this period. It has a few finger smudges in the margins and a few
areas of very light foxing. You will be proud to display this print.