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Friday, December 14, 2012

Civil War Christmas Cartoons: Vanity Fair

I’ve been rather neglectful in my postings, of the fact that we’re in the midst of the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War. Today, a meager bit of catching up, with some Christmas-themed cartoons, from the Civil War-era comic periodical , Vanity Fair.

Above, a series of individual Christmas-themed cartoons, by Frank Bellew, Sr., appearing in the December 31st, 1859 first issue.

Click on the above & below pictures, to view the cartoons in detail, and read their captions.

Above & below, cartoons typical of Christmas for that time, in the U.S. or Britain. Both are from the December 22nd, 1862 issue. The cartoon above is by Henry Louis Stephens.

Beneath, H.L. Stephens again, providing what we might have more expected in a Civil War Christmas cartoon, with Mrs. Columbia (representing the Northern States) Shows Little Jeff Davis (President of the Confederate States) His Christmas Tree. From January 4th, 1862.

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