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Wells, John G. (John Gaylord), 1821-1880
Jeff Davis & Co. 'seeing the elephant.'
Patriotic envelope collection. Series I: Civil War envelopes, 1861-1865.
New-York Historical Society
Pictorial Envelope: 1 envelope; 3 x 5 1/2 in. A charging elephant labeled 'Uncle Sam,' tosses Jefferson Davis, and a dog labeled '& Co.,' into the air. Cream envelope with black ink. Image on left. Printed above image: 'LET ME ALONE.' Printed below image: 'Jeff Davis & Co. 'Seeing the Elephant.' Printed vertically at left of image: J. G. Wells. cor. Park Row and Beekman Street, N. Y.'
Uncle Sam is the personification of the United States of America. First given its unique name in 1813 by a meat packer from Troy, New York named Samuel Wilson, it was popularized in the 1860s and 1870s by the cartoonist Thomas Nast. Jefferson Davis (June 3, 1808 - December 6, 1889) was the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. He led the Confederate army and navy during the American Civil War. About the Creator: John Gaylord Wells (1821-1880), likely also the author of Every Man His Own Lawyer and Business Form Book: A Complete Guide in All Matters of Law and Business Negotiations, for Every State in the Union (New York: Robert Macoy, 1875).
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889Uncle Sam (Symbolic character)DogsElephants
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