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Matted Poem – Souvenir of trip to California

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1891H: 21 7/8" W: 29 15/16"1540Paper and mat board

Heavy white paper, brown of gold printing with cardboard mat attached. "Designed for the Parlors, Reading and Sitting Rooms of the Age / By Joseph Turner, San Francisco" and "President Harrison and Party's Visit. Their Sojourn in California, April 23 to May 4, 1891". Image of Benjamin Harrison and Caroline Harrison with Lady Liberty over them looking down. Capital Building below. All on left side. Then on the right side is image of scenic view with train and ship with poem "Our Country"

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