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A very thin man with a vulture's head, carrying a bale of cotton and entering a door marked "Money Lent". Caption: "A Southern Vulture 'hard up'"
The Southern Vulture
D. Murphys Son, Print, 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts. N.Y.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Cotton was the South's primary cash-crop before the Civil War. However, as the war progressed, American Southern cotton lost its monetary value as new cotton export locations emerged throughout the world. The American South fell into severe debt as a result of the new cotton market. This postal cover mocks the Confederate states flawed financial situation throughout the Civil War.
Printed envelope, 3 x 5.5 inches, Alfred S. Lippman Collection of Civil War postal covers, Manuscripts Collection 993, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Louisiana Research Collection.
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.