Union Navy near Norfolk


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The Union Navy Near Norfolk Virginia

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Union Navy

The Union Navy Near Norfolk Virginia

You are viewing an original 1861 illustration of the Union Navy near Norfolk Virginia. It is from an 1861 edition of Harpers 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 is clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf was printed, Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and the Civil War was underway.

union navy

This is an impressive print.  The upper image is captioned, "the Blockade at the Mouth of the Chesapeake", and it shows a number of Union warships in the bay.  The lower image is captioned, "View of Fortress Monroe from the Bay".  This image has a number of war ships, including some large steamers.  There is a great view of Fortress Monroe in the background.  You can see the lighthouse and lots of buildings.

There is lots of interesting historical content in this leaf.  It will make an excellent addition to your collection, or wonderful gift for a friend.

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 finger smudges in the margins from folks handling it over the last 130 years. A few spots of light foxing. The print will display very nicely.





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