Just the other day a young couple who had moved down from the North (very rare in Bluffton, SC) came into the studio looking for an old print of Savannah. As always we promised them we’d do our best to find it. There’s a great website, Timothy Hughes Rare and Early Newspapers that has the best selection of old prints. Sure enough, he had it in excellent condition.
Now, this couple just didn’t want the old print, what they wanted was the old print to be enlarged to 50 incehes on the long side. As you might expect, since we own a Cruse Scanner, this was no problem for us. After scanning the print, we enlarged it to 50″x42″ and printed it on canvas with a 1.5″ gallery wrap. The old print had been transformed into a really cool piece of art!
While doing the graphic modifications on the digital image, since I’m a native Savannahnian, I couldn’t help but notice the detail landmarks drawn in the picture. I quickly recognized the streets but many of the stores had long since closed. The buildings still stand today but like many of the old landmarks they became a “sign of the times”. For example, in 1883, Savannah still had sailing vessels calling on the port. When ships would dock, before setting sail for the Atlantic Ocean, repairs would be made to the vessel. Wouldn’t you know, there was the Ship Smith.
Savannah in 1883 is now available as a poster printed on canvas 50 inches tall and can be purchased from our website at OldPrintReproductions.com
After working several months with one of our favorite Savannah customers reproducing old art pieces that had been in their family for many years, they told us about one special historical document. Like many 4th or 5th generation Southern families, old Savannah families have historic documents that have been passed down for generations so it was no surprise to us for them to have a special request. After all, as Southerners, our commitment to Southern history is in our blood.
Their family home place is located on the banks of the Vernon River just south of Savannah in Beaulieu. As fate would have it, their home just happens to be on the site of one of the old Confederate batteries that was used in the War of Northern Aggression (The Civil War). During the battle, an artist made a pencil drawing of the attack on the battery by several Union ships. The sketch was made from the Vernon River looking back at the battery. Can you believe, it actually shows where their home would be built in a more peaceful time. Needless to say, our friends have a reproduction of the drawing.
Now, this is where the fun begins. On the back of the sketch it said that an artist for Harper’s Weekly had made an engraving from the sketch and that it was published in the newspaper. As you would expect, they had to have one of the surviving copies of the newspaper. They searched for years looking for the Harper’s Weekly that featured the picture of the battle. Finally, after searching through all of the Harper’s Weeklys that were published in that time period, a friend shared with them that it was NOT published by Harper’s…. it was in Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper!!!! They very quickly obtained one of the surviving editions featuring the battle.
As always, we were excited to reproduce the paper for them. We printed it 30″x30″ on fine art paper and framed it. Instead of only having the old newspaper, they had created a striking piece of “cool art” that holds a prominent place in their home.
The reproduction is now available on our website at OldPrintReproductions.com
Posted on May 17, 2012
I came across a cool blog the other day when I was researching the death of George Washington. The site is GenealogyBank. Tom Kemp, the writer, was talking about how important old newspapers are to understanding our history.
I was so excited when I read his comments on how people would keep old newspapers on important events like the death of George Washington so that they could read the account over and over again. It wasn’t enough for them to keep the old documents for themselves, but for something as important as the death of our first President they would pass them down to future generations.
If you’ve read my earlier blog posts you know that I believe these old documents are still alive and living in our closets, in foot lockers, cedar chests, and boxes just waiting to be found. Unfortunately, these documents in many cases are approaching 250 years of age. We have to find them now. This is why we are offering to reproduce them for free on our Cruse Scanner and make them available for research and purchase on our web site.
As always, there’s an interesting story in all of this. Just the other day, a gentleman came into our gallery who said he had heard about us offering to reproduce old documents that have historical value. He told me that he was 81 years young and that his wife promised him that the day he died his old newspapers were going to a yard sale! Needless to say, these newspapers had been passed down to him from many generations ago and he was horrified at the idea of them going to someone who may not treasure them like he and his forefathers had done. I told him I would be happy to makes copies of his newspaers and give him copies of the reproductions.
Now, I suspect your curiousity is getting to you especially if you followed the link above….. yes they were newspapers recording the death of George Washington!! Can you believe it!
And if that wasn’t enough, he also had newspapers announcing the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. I immediately wanted to write a blog post about his surprise so I began researching the death of George Washington.
Now.. I have gone full circle.. As Tom Kemp wrote about in the GenealogyBank blog and as I also believe, the old historic documents have survived the tests of time and are waiting to be found.
Please help us find them and we will put our efforts into reproducing them so that they can be enjoyed and researched by everyone.
Posted on May 2, 2012
The SS France was one of the greatest transatlantic liners to ever sail. Her mission was to sail the Atlantic from Europe to the US at least 42 times a year. She was launched in 1961 as the flagship of the French Line. Unfortunately, as fate would have it, she became “a sign of the times”.
The France was designed for transatlantic voyages in the cold waters of the Atlantic and not as a cruise ship. About the same time, the age of transatlantic passenger ships as the main means of transportation between the US and Europe was on the decline as the airline industry was gaining in popularity. The France was later sold to the Norwegian Cruise Line and renamed the Norway.
The modifications that were made to the Norway to transition it from a liner to a cruise ship were never ideal and especially not when compared to the new class of cruise ships being launched. After a deadly boiler room explosion that proved to be too costly to repair, the Norway was sold for scrap.
Recently, we had a very interesting gentleman come in to our gallery to have a family photograph reproduced. It didn’t take him long to notice the old documents that are on display as cool art. He shared with us that he had been one of the executives of NCL during the time NCL owned the SS France. He got a big grin on his face as he told us that he had something in his truck that he bet we would really like to reproduce. It was an old brochure from the 1960’s of the SS France. As you can see, the cover was designed to feature the France and was begging to become “cool art”.
Thanks to this by chance meeting, we can share with you this lost brochure cover as cool art that brings back memories of a time when ocean liners ruled the trans-Atlantic transportation industry.
The cover is now available as a poster printed on canvas 50 inches tall and can be purchased from our website at OldPrintReproductions.com
Many historic documents are a sign of the times and have a story to tell. Some of the stories are heroic.. and make you proud to be an American, others are just down right funny, some show our extravegence, and then there are those documents that we would like to forget ever existed but we don’t dare least we allow history to repeat its self. Many of the documents teach us things we never knew or confirm facts that were questioned.
As more blogs are posted we’ll share with you some of those documents that are A Sign Of The Times. Many of them make the coolest art especially when they are printed on canvas 50 plus inches tall.
First on the list is the projected Statue of Liberty that was published in Harper’s Weekly in 1875. So why is a picture of the Statue of Liberty cool art? As you can see the picture looks a whole lot like we all know the Statue of Liberty looks today as it stands in New York Harbor welcoming all to America.
Notice the published date …. 1875… this was 11 years before the Statue arrived in NY.
The people of France presented America with the Statue commemorating our nations 100th anniversary. The base of the Statue had to be built as well as the construction of the structures on Liberty Island. The cool thing about the print is that this image was created by an artist to help raise money for the construction project…. it was what the artist thought that it would look like!!! WOW!! The base and the Statue were not completed until 1886!
We have the Statue hanging in our gallery printed on canvas 50 inches tall. The wonderful thing is that as people visit our gallery they are all over whelmed by the picture and the genius behind it all. As our customers bring in their old documents to be reproduced, we plan to continue turning them into cool art for everyone to enjoy and appreciate as a part of history that may have gone unnoticed if it had remained in its original form.
The Statue of Liberty printed on canvas accompanied by a certificate of authenticity can be purchased on our web site OldPrintReproductions.com
Welcome to the Old Print Reproduction blog. Our goal is to excite you with cool art while preserving our history. Our country is almost 250 years. Many of the world’s great nations laugh at our youth but the reality is many of our historic documents are showing their age.
After purchasing a Cruse Scanner, we decided to do our part to make a digital record of these documents. After all, libraries and museums like the Smithsonian… the National Archives… the Secret Archives of the Vatican… you get the picture, are all using the Cruse for reproducing manuscripts, so why shouldn’t we do the same thing? Unfortunately, the Cruse is not usually available for public use. However, we use the Cruse daily for reproducing art, and are now offering our scanning services to anyone who has a historic document of community importance. All images will ultimately be placed on the website OldPrintReproductions.com to assist in research or for printing.