DescriptionS.C. Upham Advertisement for "Mementos of the Rebellion"
A wonderful item, this full-page ad from Samuel C. Upham advertises "Rebel Notes, Shinlasters (sic) and Postage Stamps selling at One-Half Former Prices." Quantities of a variety of the facsimiles produced by Upham were listed and were being sold in groups of 100 or 1000. In addition to the Confederate notes, Upham was also selling Bank of Tennessee notes, notes from various Corporations of many Virginia towns, pieces from Camden, NC, and the Mechanic's Savings Association of Savannah, GA. Upham also included a warning about counterfeits of his materials, stating "an individual in New York and a 'shyster' of this city, lacking the brains to originate an idea or the liberality to pay for a respectable drawing or engraving, have recently gotten up "shocking bad" copies of several of my FAC-SIMILE REBEL NOTES and SHINPLASTERS, which they are endeavoring to foist upon the public." The bottom of the ad contains several "reviews" of sorts concerning Upham's products, including "Detective Goodrich, of the rebel Treasury Department, has exhibited to the editor of the Richmond Dispatch what he terms, 'the last and grossest piece of Yankee scoundrelism, and an infernal means to discredit the currency of the Southern Confederacy.' 'It consists,' says the Dispatch, 'in well executed counterfeits of our five dollar Confederate notes, struck off in Philadelphia, where the news-boys are selling them at five cents a piece.'" This scarce and desirable ad displays a few problems, including areas of margin damage, an internal hole, and glue residue on the back. The issues are negligible given the contents. A simply wonderful piece of history that we have conservatively estimated at...
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