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The Knapsack


Published by n.p., Philadelphia, 1865
From B & L Rootenberg Rare Books, ABAA (Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S.A.)

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Folded as issued; paper is fragile, some pages torn away (though complete) and some chipped on edges, first and last issues somewhat browned, but generally they are in excellent condition. First edition of the set of a newspaper-like periodical published during the Soldiers and Sailors Home Fair, held between October 24 and November 4, 1865. An issue was published each day (except Sunday), to be sold at the Fair. Each issue contains articles, stories, poems, and advertisements. Narratives of war experience, letters of support, expressions of relief, and articles about mundane, everyday things make up the daily "log" of the Fair.The fair was proposed by the Ladies' Visiting Committee of the Soldiers' Home, in the City of Philadelphia, to be held at the Academy of Music, for the purpose of raising a building and endowment fund for the institution. The Soldiers' Home has been incorporated by the State of Pennsylvania, for the relief of soldiers and seamen who have been honorably discharged from, and the children of those who have died in the service of the country. The Cooper-shop Soldiers' Home has been merged in this institution by legislative authority, but it was decided that the building at the corner of Race and Crown streets was entirely inadequate. Although the Home was located in Philadelphia, its benefactions were not limited by state boundaries. Its doors were freely opened to every deserving soldier and sailor of the republic who seeks admission. One main focus was that those in the service could utilize the services of the Home to find employment. The fair was apparently quite successful. According to the New York Times, the receipts of the fair exceeded $89,000, of which $22,000 was token for admissions. Bookseller Inventory # 11006

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Title: The Knapsack

Publisher: n.p., Philadelphia

Publication Date: 1865


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