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The Annapolis Naval Academy

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Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

Annapolis Naval Academy

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Annapolis Naval Academy.  It is from the original May 11, 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 May 11, 1861 is clearly marked on the front of the print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and and the Civil War in its opening chapter.

This is a fabulous illustration depicting the Annapolis Naval Academy.  The lower image is captioned, "Middies Learning the Ropes at the Naval school on Board the Constitution, Annapolis". An instructor is pictured presenting some of the finer points of Naval Warfare to a group of young sailors.  The Constitution was a famous battleship from the war of 1812, and was used for training purposes during the Civil War.  The Constitution was recently restored at great expense, and is located in Boston.  The upper image is captioned, "The Naval Monument in the Grounds of the Naval School at Annapolis".  It shows a monument, surrounded by cannons.

This is a fabulous illustration, and is a must have for any staff or alumni of Annapolis.  It will make a striking display when framed and placed in your office or study.  Original material from this period is becoming increasingly difficult to find, so don't miss your chance at this rare and highly collective piece.


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 15 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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