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    The Battle of the Frogs Vignette

    Windham, CT- Windham Bank $1 Apr. 1, 1862 G8a PCGS Very Fine 35PPQ.
    The other vignettes on this note are nice but the note is very popular due to the vignette on the right. As we said when we last sold an example of this note in 2019: "In the lower right corner is a rather unique vignette of some bullfrogs one very much alive and one, well, not so much. This vignette commemorated the 'Great Windham Frog Fight of 1754.' 1754 found everyone in Windham on edge. The French and Indian War offered constant threat of attack and as if that were not enough, a persistent drought caused water problems in the area. The town folk were awakened one sultry June night in 1754 by a 'shrieking clattering roar.' Most residents were immediately convinced that it was either the end of the world or they were being attacked by some Native American warrior band. The town's men hastily armed themselves and fired volley after volley in the direction of the racket, 'Frog Pond.' By morning the sound had died down and scouts were sent in the direction of all of the racket. What they found was the ground littered with dead and dying frogs - the source of the previous night's noise. Apparently the frogs had been locked in a battle for the remaining water in the diminished Frog Pond. The rest, as they say, is history. To this day the bridge going into Windham has a large frog at each corner of the bridge on an eleven foot high pedestal. There is also a frog in the seal of the City of Windham. Notes from this bank with the frog vignette are avidly collected and attract bidders when they appear. This evenly circulated example without condition qualifiers should prove popular." This is one of the nicest examples of this note that we have seen.

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    January, 2020
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