Confederate Adversity Covers Fashioned from Anatomical Illustrations.
Matching pair of envelopes, each of the same size and shape, made from hand-colored engravings of human limbs showing layers of tissue, muscle and veins, addressed to Mr. Stephen Myer and Miss Nancy L. Myer, brother and sister, in Greenville C.H. South Carolina, former with 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11), large margins, unnoticeable and small pre-use tear, latter with 10c Blue, Die B (12), large even margins, tied by "Charleston S.C." circular datestamps of July 20 and August 15, respectively
A FLAWLESS AND REMARKABLE PAIR OF COVERS, VIVIDLY DEMONSTRATING THE INGENUITY OF SOUTHERN CITIZENS TO FIND PAPER IN THE FACE OF WAR-TIME ADVERSITY
While a wide range of printed matter - wallpaper, forms, maps, and ammunition wrappers - have been found as home-made Confederate stationery, we know of no other instance in which human anatomical drawings or engravings were used. In this case, the sender probably appreciated the novelty of the effort, because the paper was folded with the blank side as the interior, rather than the exterior, of the envelope. [Fig. 270]
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