Patriotic Postal Covers: "Lincoln & Davis in 5 Rounds," 1861

Patriotic postal covers are an important part of the material culture of the Civil War era. People often collected these covers in special keepsake albums. Such decorative envelopes were used as advertisements and to promote various causes such as support of the Union. In 1861, J. H. Tingley in New York City published “Champion Prize Envelope – Lincoln & Davis in 5 Rounds.” President Abraham Lincoln and General Winfield Scott face off against Confederate President Jefferson Davis and General P. G. T. Beauregard, while European and African American observers hover in the background. In this contest the Union expectations of a short and successful war are fulfilled, as Lincoln easily beats Davis.

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