Wood-Block Engraved Prints

The Petersburg Museum of Technology has a collection of wood-block engraved prints on display dating back to the civil war.   These original prints were published in the Harpers Weekly Newspaper during the war.  Artist attended many of the battles in the field and submitted their sketches for printing .  Photography was expensive and reproduction technology had not been developed during this period of time.  Newspapers relied on engravers to transfer these sketches to blocks of wood for mass printing.  The Art of Wood Engraving from Tree to Printed Page  and  How the South Gathered News During the Civil War

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