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POSTAL HISTORY > Union Patriotic Covers

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Authentic, original Civil War period patriotic envelopes manufactured in the North to promote patriotism for the war effort and to spoof their Southern foes

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem9412: Patriotic Cover, U.S. Armies Operating Against Richmond, Va.

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Patriotic Cover, U.S. Armies Operating Against Richmond, Va.

Union patriotic envelope published by Charles Magnus, New York. Deep lavender color with a gilted silver imprint with a vignette of a spread winged eagle on a shield with the motto, E. Pluribus Unum, and imprint across the top, "U.S. Armies Operating against Richmond, Va." with imprint below providing places to write in the Company, Regiment, Brigade, Division, and Army Corps. Imprint at the bottom, Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1865 by C. Magnus, in the Clerks Office of the Southern District of N.Y. Quite attractive. These are rare...  

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Mem7924

Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts Officer

Killed in Action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Va.

Postally used patriotic envelope that is trimmed in red and blue with an embossed American shield with spread winged eagle and the motto, Union And Constitution on the reverse of the envelope. Partial postmark from New Orleans, [La.] with the month of Jul visible and it is also stamped [due] 3 at upper right. Addressed to Mr. Danl. H. Cutter, Newburyport, Mass. Signed at left, "Soldier's Letter, F.G. Ogden, Adjt. 48 Regt. Mass." Irregular right edge where the envelope...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem6738: Patriotic Cover, Rice Straw, Confederate Cavalry Horse

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Patriotic Cover, Rice Straw, Confederate Cavalry Horse

Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate cavalry horses. Vignette of a very under nourished horse with barking dogs at his feet, a pair of vultures sitting in a tree, and one vulture hovering above. The slogan reads, Rice Straw! Effect of "feed" on the Cavalry Horse in the Secession Army. Executed by W.J. Baker. Uncommon.  

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Patriotic Cover, The Impending Crisis

Civil War patriotic envelope; spoof theme on the Confederacy with an illustration of a floating, broken cup with a C.S.A. flag design on the outside. Three men are within the vessel; the officer at the rear is leaning over the side and vomiting, the man standing at the center is using a whiskey bottle for a telescope to look at the Union warship in the background, while the seated man at the front is holding a whiskey bottle. Titled, "The Impending Crisis." Uncommon.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem5898: Patriotic Cover, Daniel Webster

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Patriotic Cover, Daniel Webster

Unused, patriotic envelope with illustration of the famous American Statesman Daniel Webster, with quote below, "Secession! Peaceable secession! Sir, your eyes and mine are never destined to see that miracle." Webster in U.S. Senate, March 7, 1850. Published by J.G. Wells, N.Y. Mounting traces on the reverse.

Daniel Webster: (1782-1852) American statesman, lawyer and orator. Served as a U.S. Congresman, 1813-17, and 1823-27; U.S. Senator, 1827-41, and 1845-50; and U.S. Secretary of State, 1841-43, and 1850-52. He was one of the greatest...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem4856: Patriotic Cover, Stand by the Flag

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Patriotic Cover, Stand by the Flag

Unused, patriotic envelope with full color illustration of an American flag with the motto, "Stand by the Flag."  

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Patriotic Cover, Long May It Wave

Unused, patriotic envelope with large waving American flag and the motto below, "Long may it wave."  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem4433: Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis, John Bull & Yankee Doodle

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Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis, John Bull & Yankee Doodle

Unused patriotic envelope with vignette of Jeff Davis, John Bull, and Yankee Doodle. Caption: J.D.- Please let me bring my prizes on to your premises, Mr. Bull. Those rascally Yankees are right before my own door, so that I can't get in. J.B.- No, sir, you can't come in. I should like to buy your cotton; but you can't come in with your prizes. Yankee Doodle- Bring 'em up our way, Jeff! We'll take care of 'em. Imprint of New York Union Envelope Depot, No. 144 Broadway. Light wrinkling.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem4417: Patriotic Cover, Why Don't You Take It?

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Patriotic Cover, Why Don't You Take It?

Unused, patriotic envelope. Titled, "Why Don't You Take It?" this satirical vignette depicts Union General Winfield Scott, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, as dogs. Scott, at the left, the big dog, wears a chapeau hat and the name Scott is on the dog's collar. Davis, the smaller dog, wears a slouch hat, with the name Davis on the collar, and a C.S.A. flag on his back. The prize of Washington, represented as a large bone, sits between them. Light age toning and wear. Remnants of an old glue stain on the reverse.  

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Patriotic Cover, General Winfield Scott

Unused patriotic envelope with raised, embossed vignette of General Winfield Scott holding an American flag. Slogan below: Brave In The Field. Wise In Council. A True Patriot. Loyal To The Constitution & Union. The reverse of the cover is trimmed in red and blue. Very nice design.  

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Patriotic Cover, General Winfield Scott

Unused patriotic envelope with illustration of General Winfield Scott and the slogan, "This is my last Campaign, and it shall be my best."  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem4128: Patriotic Cover, Union Quaker to Friend Jeff Davis

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Mem4128

Patriotic Cover, Union Quaker to Friend Jeff Davis

Unused patriotic envelope with vignette of a Quaker addressing a hanging Jeff Davis in uniform with his tongue hanging out. The caption reads: Union Quaker- Well, Friend Davis, I hope thee is satisfied, now that thee is raised to the highest position in the gift of the people. Published by Magee, Philadelphia. Light age toning.  

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