The New York Fire Zouaves


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The New York Fire Zouaves 

New York City Firemen

The New York Fire Zouaves

You are viewing a spectacular illustration of the New York Fire Zouaves.  It is from an original 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 May 25, 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 was underway.

This is a dramatic and action packed illustration.  It shows a group of New York City firemen valiantly battling  a blaze at Willard's Hotel.  The illustration is rich with historic content.  It shows the hotel engulfed in flames, and the firemen desperately trying to save the building.  Several men are pictured spraying the fire from the ground.  numerous men are shown climbing the building as they battle the flames.  There is a dramatic scene at the top of the building- two firemen are holding another man upside down over the edge of the building.  He is shown spraying water inside the building from this precarious position. 

This is a rare and highly collectible illustration.  It shows a spectacular view of an early fire brigade in action.  Original material from this period is becoming increasingly difficult to find, and this is a particularly nice example.  It will make a striking display when framed and placed in your office or study.  It would make a spectacular gift for any fire fighter, and would be particularly well suited to hang in a modern fire house.  I assure you that this original illustration will be cherished by its new owner.

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 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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