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Front Page of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper Dated May 18, 1861
Item #: AA2158
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This is the front page of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper dated 18 May, 1861. The newspaper, later renamed Leslie's Weekly, was an American illustrated literary and news magazine founded in 1855 and published until 1922. It was but one of several magazines started by publisher and illustrator Frank Leslie. Throughout it's seven decades of existence, the weekly provided illustrations and reports, first with wood engraving and Daguerreotypes, and later with more advanced forms of photography. It covered John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry, the Civil War, Spanish American war and the first World War. The front page shows two separate illustrations, both of them hand colored. The top one shows troops from New Jersey crossing the Chesapeake Bay on their way to Washington. The bottom illustration shows the captured Winan's steam gun, captured by Major General Butler's command near the Relay House. The paper is in very good condition. It measures 11' wide and 15 3/4" tall. There are to small holes, one at the top and one at the bottom of the spine of the paper. The colored illustrations remain very bright and vibrant. This will really dress up your Civil War document collection.