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‘Rally round the Flag, Boys!’ President Lincoln Centerfold
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This October, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly has a magnificent centerfold engraving of President Lincoln—perfect for framing—with a patriotic poem below.

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN]. Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, October 1, 1864. 16 pp., complete, disbound.
Image shown is a sample. To request an image of the copy currently available please email us at info@sethkaller.com

Inventory #H 10-1-1864       Price: $225

Excerpt

“Rally round the Flag, boys;
Rally with a cheer;
For all you love and cherish most,
For all that you hold dear,
Defend the brave old banner,
Unsullied from the earth—
Within its folds enshrined it hold
All that life is worth.”

Other content in this issue includes:

•          A Thomas Nast illustration, The Halt.

•          General Sherman’s victory

•          Rebel prisoners being conducted to Atlanta from Jonesborough.

•          Monument to Stephen Douglas. 

•          General Sherman’s army destroying the Macon Railroad near Jonesborough, Georgia.

Harper’s Weekly was founded by Fletcher Harper in 1857. It soon became one of the nation’s most influential papers, and its images are central to any visual interpretation of nineteenth-century America.

Printed in New York, Harper’s covered the key events of the day, including politics and elections, the Civil War, sports, literature and arts. Each issue has at least ten engravings, as well as political cartoons, editorial essays, “Humors of the Day,” and fascinating advertisements. Harper’s are printed on rag paper—different in weight and quality than the pulp paper used for today’s news.

Thomas Nast, an early contributor, became Harper’s staff artist in 1862. During the Civil War, and through the 1880s, Nast’s images and reports were famous. His scathing cartoons brought an end to the notoriously corrupt New York “Tweed Ring” in 1872, and he created the Democratic Donkey, the Republican Elephant, and the modern image of Santa Claus.

Winslow Homer contributed to Harper’s beginning in 1858. Homer’s The Sharpshooter is arguably the most famous Civil War image, illustrating the first war in which the technology of impersonal killing became truly effective. Homer contributed drawings to Harper’s until 1875.

Reproductions of some issues are available online and in museum gift shops, but we sell only authentic original printings.


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