Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis


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Original 1861 Political Cartoon:

President Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

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Political Cartoon of Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis

You are viewing an original 1861 cartoon of President Abraham Lincoln and Rebel President Jefferson Davis.  It is 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.  This leaf is over 140 years old, and the date 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 the Civil War was underway.

This is a rare and highly collectible political satire featuring Rebel Jefferson Davis  stealing apples from Abraham Lincoln's apple orchard.  Mr. Lincoln is pictured approaching the tree with a shotgun at the ready.  The caption of the illustration reads:

PRESIDENT LINCOLN: I say, Jeff, this thing has been going on long enough.  Suppose you drop those apples now and come down.

JEFF DAVIS: Please Don't shoot, Mr. Lincoln, all I want is to be let alone. 

Original material featuring Abraham Lincoln is becoming increasingly difficult to find, and this is a very desirable example.  It will make a wonderful display when framed.  It will become the center of attention wherever it is displayed.  This original print will become a prized possession, and one that will generate lots of attention from all who see it. The leaf is full of fascinating stories of the news of the day.

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 find that these pieces really get noticed when framed and displayed.

The leaf is in very good condition. It has the rich sepia tone that you expect in original material from this period. I It has finger smudges around the edges from people handling it over the last 130 years.  It is highly displayable, and I guarantee your satisfaction! 





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