You are viewing an
original 1861 Civil War illustration of Cairo, Illinois. 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 was printed in 1861, and this date is clearly
marked on the top of the print. On the day this leaf was printed,
Abraham Lincoln was president of the United States, and the Civil War was
in its opening chapter.
This is a rare and
highly collectible illustration. The upper image presents a view of
Bird's Point, Missouri. The image is captioned, " Bid's Point, Missouri,
Opposite Cairo, Now Occupied by Missouri Troops". The center image shows
soldiers unloading artillery from a train in Cairo Illinois. The image is
captioned, "Placing Ordinance in Position at Cairo Illinois". The lower
image shows a distillery being destroyed, and is captioned, "Demolition of
the Old Distillery at Cairo, To Make Room for Fort Defiance". This image
shows soldiers tearing down the distillery. Artillery and other Civil War
hardware can also be seen in the picture.
You will not want to
miss this print. When would you ever have another chance at an original
Civil War illustration of Cairo Illinois? It will make an awesome display
when framed and placed in your office or study. It would make a great
gift, or an excellent addition to your collection.
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. It
has a few spots of light foxing and a few finger smudges in the margins.
Don't, miss your chance to own an original and rare
piece of Illinois History.
Item Name: Original 1861 Illustration of Cairo Illinois
Item Number: h1861p390
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