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[ORIGINAL ENGRAVED TEXAS LETTER SHEET DEPICTING SCENES AT MATAGORDA]
Hamburg, Germany: Edward Lang, Lithographer, [nd, ca. 1865].. Engraved [4]pp. letter sheet on a folded folio sheet of lined paper, with six vignettes comprising over half of the first sheet. With large allegorical eagle vignette at top. A bit of edge wear along upper edge, small splits along central fold. Light age-toning. Good. One of two known designs for letter sheets depicting Texas locations. This sheet shows six views of Matagorda, Texas: "Church," "Masonic Hall," "Hotel," "Courthouse," "Residence of Col. R.H. Williams," and "Store of Mr. G. Burkhart." The illustrations were drawn from nature by Helmuth Holtz and lithographed by Edward Lang of Hamburg, Germany. Holtz was born in Germany in 1833 and visited Texas as a sailor in 1860. He served in the Union navy during the Civil War, and later settled in New Orleans. Letter sheets became a popular mode of communication for California gold miners, who preferred the illustrated views that left fewer blank spaces for words. This style of stationery lasted through the Civil War and was replaced with the picture postcard by the turn of the century. Scarce, providing a nice pictorial view of Matagorda in the 1860s, and illustrative of continued German emigrant interest in Texas.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    

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