Sherman William T. Sherman Wanted Poster

connecticut yankee

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I thought Stanton put out a reward on 'Extra Billy' soon after Lincoln was shot.
Yep, Stanton did. But the reward was for Extra Billy's arrest, not "Dead or Alive". Here's the conclusion of the search for Extra Billy as reported in the New York Times 06/13/1865:

"Extra BILLY SMITH, ex-rebel Governor of Virginia, surrendered himself to Gen. PATRICK, at Richmond, on Friday. He was paroled, to report once a day until further orders, It is surmised that he may claim the reward of $25,000 offered for his arrest, as "extra" compensation."
 

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Yep, Stanton did. But the reward was for Extra Billy's arrest, not "Dead or Alive". Here the conclusion of the search for Extra Billy as reported in the New York Times 06/13/1865:

"Extra BILLY SMITH, ex-rebel Governor of Virginia, surrendered himself to Gen. PATRICK, at Richmond, on Friday. He was paroled, to report once a day until further orders, It is surmised that he may claim the reward of $25,000 offered for his arrest, as "extra" compensation."
He was known for eyeing opportunity, and taking charge of it.
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A friend of mine purchased this poster at a flea market. The paper is very old and could be of value. I was wondering if any of our more knowledgable members could tell us whether or not these wanted posters actually existed and how to tell if it’s authentic. Thank you in advance.
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How much did your friend pay for that poster? And will you tell him (or her) that the experts here came to the conclusion that this is a fraud? Will he (or she) still hang it now?
 
They did not have the capability of printing photos on paper like that.
Original Lincoln assassination Wanted Poster with photos from Library of Congress:
 

War Horse

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How much did your friend pay for that poster? And will you tell him (or her) that the experts here came to the conclusion that this is a fraud? Will he (or she) still hang it now?
He paid very little for it. He’ll still hang it because it’s cool. I did share the verdict with him. He expected as much.
 

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Original Lincoln assassination Wanted Poster with photos from Library of Congress:
I could have sworn I remembered seeing a wanted poster with photos of the Lincoln conspirators. Thank you for confirming it.
 
Photo or engraving?
I should not have said photo but rather portrait and I believe that they were engraved into the plates at the Treasury. Lincoln on the $10 greenback and Chase on the $1, Sherman and Grant on the 15 Cent fractional and other portraits used in the vignettes of U.S. currency are done with such precision that they appear to be actual photos.
 

CowCavalry

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Original Lincoln assassination Wanted Poster with photos from Library of Congress:
Those photos appear to have been glued onto the poster. I don't think they had the ability to "print" photos onto paper as we know it until shortly after the ACW, or at least it was not in widespread use until after.
 
Those photos appear to have been glued onto the poster. I don't think they had the ability to "print" photos onto paper as we know it until shortly after the ACW, or at least it was not in widespread use until after.
Yes they do appear to even more so in this view of the original at the LOC. Even so, the attached pictures on the broadside appear to be copied on to paper that were then glued to the broadside. If so, I'm curious as to how the printer transferred the photos to paper. This is the original broadside in black and white at 1028 x 1280 pixels.

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CowCavalry

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es they do appear to even more so in this view of the original at the LOC. Even so, the attached pictures on the broadside appear to be copied on to paper that were then glued to the broadside. If so, I'm curious as to how the printer transferred the photos to paper. This is the original broadside in black and white at 1028 x 1280 pixels.
Woodburytype possibly, patented 1864. The technique we are familiar with from newsprint is called "halftone" came along in the 1880s.
 

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Appears to me to possibly be a genuine fourth version. A third version as described below, sold by Heritage for $47,800 in 2011

According to the auction lot description from Heritage Auctions:

Initially, a small broadside was printed offering a $25,000 reward for the capture of Booth. The reward was then increased to an aggregate of $100,000 and a larger broadside disseminated that gave detailed, albeit not totally accurate physical descriptions of the conspirators, but no photographs. We are offering the third version which advises the public that Booth may have shaved off his mustache and added "frames" for photographs. A fourth version exists which has the three photographs attached. Eventually, President Johnson also authorized a reward for the capture of Jefferson Davis and a slew of Confederate agents who were suspected of fomenting the plot. A small reward broadside was issued for them, as well.
 

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A friend of mine purchased this poster at a flea market. The paper is very old and could be of value. I was wondering if any of our more knowledgable members could tell us whether or not these wanted posters actually existed and how to tell if it’s authentic. Thank you in advance.
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Obviously done in jest. But as long as we’re having fun, y’reckon this’un could be authentic? :smile: :
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