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Stylized ‘Declaration of Independence’ reprint.

Posted by Michael on February 3, 2007

A reader named Brad contacted me a few days ago via email. He attached  the photo shown here, asking if I knew anything about it. After some research, I couldn’t come up with any concrete answers. There is no print or publish date other than ‘July 4th, 1776’, which is just a reference to when the Declaration of Independence was supposed to have been signed. “Published by Colonial Press, New York and London”, is printed at the bottom. The words ‘Colonial Press’ cause most search engines to spit out thousands of useless entries.

My best guess, and I am no expert in such things, is this is a souvenir document/poster from our country’s centennial (1876) or sesquicentennial (1926). It is more likely from the period of 1876 as it has many of the same artistic styles of documents I have seen from the same time frame. In any case it looks fairly old.

Again, I am no expert, I am just an amatuer giving his opinion with absolutely no facts to back it up.

What Brad and I are hoping, is that by posting this photo (click on the photo for a larger 816 x 1024 sized version, or email me at ctexplorers@gmail.com for a 1935 x 2427 sized version) someone with more knowledge will come forward.

If you have any information about this document, please contact me at ctexplorers@gmail.com. I will pass it along to Brad and post your info here along with a credit to you. Thanks!


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This photo is used by permission by it’s owner, and he holds all rights to it.


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1882 Land Deed

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2007

This is a scan from the original document. The document is in good condition, but much larger than my scanner. Therefore it had to be scanned in four pieces and then overlapped. You will see artifacting from this overlap. There are small holes where the fold lines intersect.

This deed documents the transfer of ownership of a parcel of land in Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, from Willim P. Kelley to James F.(?) Nolan. The total amount of land was ‘two acres more or less’, and the purchase price was $1.

The land measurements used were Rods (16.5 Feet) and Links (7.92 inches). Due to the way they documented the location of the parcel, there isn’t any way to truely find it or photograph it. Since the department that deals with land records in Norwich City Hall isn’t open on weekends, I haven’t had a chance to look up any information there.

Dates listed on the Deed:

  • November 26, 1881
  • January 25, 1882

Names Listed on the Deed:

  • William P. Kelley – Sprague, Connecticut. No notable history. Signature present.
  • James F.(?) Nolan – Norwich, Connecticut. No notable history.
  • O.(?) O.(?) Freeman – Justice of the Peace. No notable history. Signature present.
  • Charles A. Burnham – Stationer. 174 Main Str. Norwich, Conn. Printed at top of the deed.
  • Undecipherable Signature.

If anyone has any information about anyone or anything mentioned in this deed, please email me at ctexplorers@gmail.com. You will be credited for your information. A higher resolution version of this document is available upon request.

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Old and/or Historical Documents

Posted by Michael on January 21, 2007

My wife and I sometimes come across old documents from time to time, and we’ll share them with you along with any history we dig up. We’ll post a scanned copy of the document with a link to a higher resolution version. Unfortunately there are a few things we won’t do:

  • The documents are not up for public display, no exceptions. This is mostly for privacy reasons. If you need a even higher resolution copy of the scanned document, you can email us, we’ll be glad to do it.
  • The documents are not up for sale, no exceptions. I understand that families like to collect old documents signed by their ancestors, but most documents have 2+ signatures from different families. I’m not going to choose which family to give/donate/sell to.
  • We do not authenticate nor guarantee the authenticity of any of the documents we display here, nor do we guarantee the history/facts we present from our research. We try to be as accurate as we possibly can, but errors to creep in and sometimes different accounts contradict each other.
  • We are not in the business of buying documents. Basically because we cannot afford the prices most Document Vendors charge.

We welcome any corrections to the history/facts about our documents, and will credit the source. Correspondance is encouraged, and we would love to hear from you. Thanks for stopping by!


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