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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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Patriotic Cover, Jackass Davis and Gasconade Beauregard

Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate President Jeff Davis & General P.G.T. Beauregard. Depicts the pair seated back to back and wearing dunce caps. Davis has a C.S.A. Stars and Bars flag coming out of the top of his, while Beauregard has the black skull and cross bones flag. Slogan below, "J-ackass Davis and G-asconade Beauregard backing each other. Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl St., N.Y. Staining and light wear.  

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Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Going To War

Civil War patriotic envelope with a clever Yankee spoof illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis with the slogan "Jeff Davis Going To War." When you view the cover normally it looks like a soldier in uniform wearing a hat, but when you turn it sideways it turns into a donkey eating leaves, with the slogan "Returning." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, O.[hio]. Light age toning.  

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Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a padlock with the word "Slavery" printed on it. The barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet is being put into the key hole of the lock. Printed just below the barrel of the rifle is "U.S. Rifled." "The Lock and Key" is printed below the illustration. A couple of small stains and some old mounting remnants on the reverse.  

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Patriotic Cover, A Rebel Attack on Pickin's

Civil War patriotic envelope with illustration of a Confederate soldier with a bone in his mouth. Caption: A rebel attack on pickin's. Imprint of S.C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St. [Philadelphia]. This cover has a double theme. Beside the obvious reference to Confederate food or [pickin's] it also refers to the Rebel attacks on the U.S. military fort on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens, Florida.

WBTS Trivia: Despite repeated Confederate threats, Fort Pickens was one of only three Southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the War Between The...  

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Patriotic Cover, Master Jeff and his Navy

Civil War patriotic envelope with an illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis holding a small boat with a skull and cross bones flag and a rebel flag. He is standing next to a large wooden bucket no doubt to sail his ships in. His hat has the initials "J.D." on it. Slogan below the vignette, "Master Jeff- and his Navy." Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts., N.Y. Light age toning and edge wear. Old mounting traces on the reverse.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem6833: Patriotic Cover, Hemp For Traitors North or South

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Patriotic Cover, Hemp For Traitors North or South

Civil War patriotic envelope with a vignette of Uncle Sam at the center cranking a machine to make rope for a hangman's noose with the slogan, "Hemp For Traitors North or South" on it, printed below him is "Manufactures," to his left are hemp plants with "Agriculture" below, and to his right is a gallows with a noose and the title, "Fine Arts." Scarce.  

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Patriotic Cover, This Tells Its Own Story

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a hand with the initials W.S. below it. This represents Union Commander-in-Chief General Winfield Scott. The hand is reaching out to catch Confederate President Jeff Davis who has the wings of a fly and is holding a skull and cross bones flag with the initials J.D. below. The slogan below the illustration reads, "This tells its own story." Very fine, early war, satirical Union cover. Desirable.  

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Patriotic Cover, Flag, Abraham Lincoln His Mark

Civil War patriotic envelope which satirical theme on a bright red flag showing the leg and boot of A.[braham] L.[incoln] kicking a figure representing Confederate President J.[efferson] D.[avis] is the butt. The slogan on the flag is "A.L., His Mark."  

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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 Mem6579: Patriotic Cover, Those Bonds Will Never Do

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Patriotic Cover, Those Bonds Will Never Do

Unused patriotic envelope with vignette of John Bull, representing England, and a Southerner with Confederate bonds. The descriptive text reads: Those bonds will never do my friend, For Johnny Bull has said it. Go home, and mediate your end, Your thieving friends have d[amne]d your credit. Published by Brown & Ryan, N.Y.  

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Patriotic Cover, Colonel Geary's 28th Pennsylvania Infantry

Unused patriotic envelope with large bust illustration of Colonel John W. Geary. Imprint at upper right, Col. Geary's Twenty-Eighth Regiment P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers. Col. Geary in script below his likeness. Published by Magee, Phila. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable Pennsylvania regimental cover.

John W. Geary: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's...  

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