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CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZE ENVELOPE. LINCOLN & DAVIS IN 5 ROUNDS [caption title]
New York: J.H. Tingley, 1861.. Five pictorial envelopes, each measuring approximately 3 x 6 inches. Minor toning and soiling. Near fine. Patriotic envelope covers became exceedingly popular at the outset of the Civil War, not only for use but also as collectible items. Both sides promoted their causes through this medium, and printers produced a variety of patriotic envelopes, finding a sure and easy market for profit. This complete set of five shows Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln in the boxing ring, surrounded by supporters. The envelopes progress from a cringing Davis imploring "Let me alone!" on the first cover, as the South's supporters dwindle away - in full retreat by the third round - and Secession is noted as being a mere "greasespot" by round four . The final envelope shows Lincoln and the Union victorious. This series must have been prepared very early in the war, because Winfield Scott is still shown as the primary Union general, and the setback of First Bull run does not intrude on optimism. A wonderful set of these collectible envelopes, showing an optimistic outset to the war.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2015-11-20           Check availability:      Biblio    

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