Envelopes

1865? "The Washington Grape." An envelope with an illustration of FG. The Ebay seller describes it as "black printed Civil War Patriotic," and identifies the fox with the South and the grapes with the North. 5" x 3". $9.99 from Douglas Uzakewicz, East Northport, NY, through Ebay, Feb., '02.

Notice the "Johnny Reb" crossed guns on the hind quarters of the fox. The fox is apparently Jefferson Davis ("J.D."), and he is hankering after the city Washington, whether as a military objective or as a political "plum." Is the fox's tail bandaged? What might the circle of holes or markings on the end of his tail suggest? Perhaps that he has been shot up?

See also the many envelopes included in the section on stamps and mail. The envelopes found in that section all have some relationship to a particular stamp, e.g. as a first day cover for the stamp.