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Look out John or you will get your foot in it.
Patriotic envelope collection. Series I: Civil War envelopes, 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society
Pictorial Envelope: 1 envelope; 3 x 5 1/4 in. A bull (John) sticking his foot in a trap entitled Secession. The eagle warns him not to step in it. The Rooster with epaulets, Napoleon, tells him Bravo. Various inscriptions label particular symbolic images and characters.
John Bull (Symbolic character)Louis Napole?on, Prince Impe?rial of the French, 1856-1879Emblems, NationalEmblems, National--United StatesEagles
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Though the Second Empire under Napoleon IV remained neutral during the American Civil War, some believed that France instead supported the secessionist cause. John Bull is the personification of England.