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The History of the Baldric Sash - The Great Republic

The History of the Baldric Sash

The History of the Baldric Sash - The Great Republic

The History of the Baldric Sash

Patriotic baldric sashes were frequently produced in the late 19th through early 20th centuries. Political candidates, as well as elected officials, often sported the hand-made sashes during campai...

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Tracking the Transcontinental Railroad - The Great Republic

Tracking the Transcontinental Railroad

Tracking down the transcontinental railroad's construction throughout the mid-19th-century, this blog provides an overview of the 1862 Pacific Railroad Act and the effects it had on the new America...

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The Story Behind this Iconic Margaret Bourke-White Photograph - The Great Republic
20th Century

The Story Behind this Iconic Margaret Bourke-White Photograph

In April 1952, Life ran a twelve page article with Margaret Bourke-White’s photographs, entitled, “A New Way To Look At the U.S.: Camera and helicopter give an exalted view of the land.” From her u...

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42 Stars: An Unofficial Flag - The Great Republic

42 Stars: An Unofficial Flag

One of our most recent new arrivals in the shop is this beautiful 42-star American flag. The 42-star flag celebrates Washington statehood, even though the 42-star flag was not an official flag vari...

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Publication History of James Joyce's "Ulysses" - The Great Republic

Publication History of James Joyce's "Ulysses"

James Joyce’s Ulysses was considered by T.S. Eliot as “the most important expression which the present age has found.” However, the path to publication was not an easy one. 

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A Closer Look at Lincoln: Who Was Joseph C. Audenried? - The Great Republic

A Closer Look at Lincoln: Who Was Joseph C. Audenried?

Taking a closer look at the history behind just one of our military commission documents, we discover the long and storied military career of Joseph C. Audenried. From surviving the Battle of Antie...

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The Flying Tigers - The Great Republic
20th Century

The Flying Tigers

New to our Colorado shop is an early edition printing of The Flying Tigers. The Story of the American Volunteer Group by Russell Whelan, signed by seventeen members of the Flying Tigers. A force ...

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Creating the World of Narnia - The Great Republic

Creating the World of Narnia

After countless requests, we finally got our hands on a first American edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Read about how Lewis created the seven book series The Chronic...

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How Truman Capote Created The True Crime Genre - The Great Republic

How Truman Capote Created The True Crime Genre

When Truman Capote's In Cold Blood was first published in 1965, he characterized it as the first "non-fiction novel." Combining the dialogue and narrative of a novel with the truth of a nonfiction ...

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Symbols of Revolution: Liberty Poles & Caps - The Great Republic
18th century

Symbols of Revolution: Liberty Poles & Caps

The small peaked hat, known as a Liberty Cap or Phrygian Cap, became a symbol of resistance to British rule and taxation among early colonists. Liberty poles were another form of resistance, a larg...

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