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Patriotism Through the Mail: Civil War Envelopes


Lady Liberty holding a Wisconsin state seal and a Union flag
WHI 76336

A collection of colorful, ornate and patriotic illustrated envelopes produced during the Civil War constitute the latest image gallery in Wisconsin Historical Images. This collection of Civil War-illustrated envelopes provides a window into the politics and culture of a society at war. Most of them reflect the attitudes of the Union since the North printed the majority of envelopes. Archivists have selected 163 images for this gallery out of a collection of about 1,110 envelopes, representing a wide range of different viewpoints and various styles. This gallery is part of the Wisconsin Historical Society's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.


:: Posted June 30, 2011

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