It’s a classic story: the man who buys a cheap picture at a yard sale only to discover, upon bringing it home, that a copy of the Declaration of Independence was hiding in the frame as well. It’s a popular enough story to have it’s own Snopes.com page, and every now and then a similar case shows up in the news.
Thanks to Amanda Thackray, a volunteer currently working to carefully remove fragile items from their far-from-archival frames, we now have our own version of the story. After removing this Civil War broadside from its frame– –Amanda discovered this guy lying beneath:
The publication info at the base of the print indicates that it was produced in 1892 by Charles Taber and Co. of New Bedford. More information about the company is available here.