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You are viewing an original 1861 print of Annapolis.  It is an original leaf 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. The date is clearly marked on the front of the print.  On the day this leaf was printed, the Civil War was in its opening Chapter, and many Annapolis graduates were about to see their first action.

This is a rare and displayable print, rich with historic content.  The top image is captioned, "General View of Annapolis, with the Constitution in the Foreground."  The center image is captioned, "The Practice Battery at Annapolis."  The Lower image is captioned, "Target Practice From the Naval Battery", and shows sailor standing on a dock looking through a telescope.  A man can be seen a short distance away in a row boat. 

Making this an even more interesting piece is surrounding the images is a story on Annapolis.  The story is full of interesting details of the Naval Academy as it was at the beginning of the Civil War.  The story included, "These grounds and views compose one of the most lovely spots that ever was beheld by mortal eyes", and "Everybody knows that Annapolis is to the Navy what West Point is to the Army".  

Making this print too important to pass up is that on the other side of the leaf is a picture and story of the burning of the United States Arsenal at Harper's Ferry, which marked the start of hostilities in the Civil War!  

This original print would make the ultimate Christmas gift for any present student or graduate of Annapolis.  It will make a stunning display when framed and placed in an office or study.  It will be not only cherished by its new owner, but by generations to come!

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 assure you this piece will get noticed! 




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