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Original 1861 Civil War Political Cartoon Featuring:

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Abraham Lincoln Cartoon

Abraham Lincoln Cartoon

You are viewing an original 1861 Civil War political cartoon featuring President Abraham Lincoln.  It is from the April 13, 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 130 years old, and the date April 13, 1861 is clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States,  Southern States had seceded from the Union, and the opening shots of the war had been heard around the world. 

This is a rare and highly collectible Lincoln piece. The image captures the state of the Nation and of Lincoln at the start of the Civil War probably better than any other. Lincoln and the Nation were ripped apart by the secession of the southern states, and the question of how to proceed was tearing the country apart.  Lincoln was willing to pay the price of a protracted and bloody war in order to preserve the union, but it was not an easy decision.  In this illustration, he is discussing the quandary with Lady Liberty (known as Columbia at the time).  In the cartoon, Lincoln is asking Columbia, "What Next"?  Columbia is responding, "First Be Sure You Are Right, Then Go Ahead".  Wow, what a prophetic piece.  Lincoln was sure, and he was right, and because of his bold and unwavering decisions, even in the face of bloody opposition, and intense criticism, he did preserve the Union of the States. This illustration can serve as a tribute to Lincoln's Wisdom, Courage, and an unfailing dedication to the principal of the Union of the States.

This is a rare illustration.  Original period pieces of Lincoln are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and this is a particularly nice one.  When you frame this leaf and place it in your office or study, it can serve as your personal tribute to the President, and his courage.  It is interesting to consider what a different place the world would be today if it were not for the courage of this one man.  This illustration is one that you will not want to miss.

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 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 very good condition. It has the rich sepia toning that you expect in original material from this period. There are a few spots of light foxing, and a few finger smudges in the margins.  This will display nicely!

Don't, miss your chance to own an original and rare piece of Lincoln History.




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