Illustrated Independence

04/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Happy Fourth of July!
In honor of America’s birthday, a few illustrations.
If you’d like to see photographs, do head over to my Tumblr.

Sheet music, 1861.

Tammany Hall decorated for the Nat’l Convention, July 4th, 1868

Union Square, New York, July 4th 1876

Market St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire, July 4th, 1853

“Peace,” July 4th, 1865


“The 4th of July,” 1872.


“Fourth of July on the Hudson,” 1854.

I’m hoping to run into Messrs. Augustus and Frank Puffin (aka the “Rather Fast Youths”) along the Hudson this evening.  Cigars, brandy cocktails, mint juleps, resplendent pants? Check, check, check, check…

“Fourth of July” 1894, by Charles Dana Gibson

Puck Magazine, July 4th, 1901.
(Note the hatchlings in the nest: “Philippines, Cuba, Hawaii, Porto Rico”)

Puck Magazine, July 4, 1904

WWI poster, 1918.

WWII poster, 1942

WWII poster, 1942

Fourth of July Declaration by President Roosevelt, 1941

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