Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Pictoral Envelopes-Early Confidence in the U.S. Navy

Early in the war, the general public in the Northern and Southern states believed that the war would be quick, easy, and painless.  One such example of this early confidence can found in pictorial envelopes.  These images were produced by New York City print shops and often contain some type of cartoon image expressing patriotism or political opinion.  The U.S. Navy and the print shops' confidence in the the U.S. Navy was a popular subject.  All of these images belong to the New York Historical Society. Many  more of them and other rare Civil War images and drawings can be found at  http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpcoop/nhihtml/cwnyhshome.html.

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