You viewing an
original 1864 portrait of a Slave and a Buffalo Soldier. It is from an
original 1864 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
July, 2 1864 is clearly marked on the front of print. On the day this leaf
was printed, Abraham Lincoln was President of the United States, and men
and women were still being held in bondage across this land.
This is a rare and
highly collectible illustration. The upper right features a portrait of a
runaway slave shortly after he escaped from captivity. He is pictured
sitting on a stool in tattered clothes. His condition testifies to the
ordeal which he has just been through. The lower right image shows a
Union Buffalo Soldier. He is in complete uniform, and you can see
incredible detail about his uniform and gear. He is pictured leaning on
his musket. He stands tall and proud in the picture. The amazing thing
about this leaf is that these two images are of one in the same man! This
unnamed slave escaped from captivity, recovered from his ordeal, and then
proudly served in the Union Army, bravely fighting against those who had
held him in captivity.
This is one of the
most collected and difficult to find of all Harper's Weekly slave
illustrations. These images are quickly scooped up by serious collectors,
and when this one is gone, I do not know when I will ever be able to offer
another one. This is a "must have" for any student of Black History or
As you hold this leaf in your hand, imagine the world
on the day it was printed. Men, women and children were being held in
bondage across this country. The Civil War was ripping the nation
apart, and mothers and wives were weeping over fallen loved ones.
Holding this piece in your hand will give you a feeling of connection
with this period of history, and those who lived it that is hard to
When you frame this leaf and place it in your office
or study, it can serve as your personal tribute to this one man's
unquenchable thirst for freedom; born a slave, risked his life or his
own freedom, and then wore the colors of the Union army to help free his
brothers. Simply stated, this is one print you do not want to miss.
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 excellent 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. The print will display very nicely.
Don't, miss your chance to own an original and rare
piece of Black History,
Original Civil War Illustration of The Buffalo Soldier
Item Number: H1864p428
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