The Oregon Trail and Westward Expansion

The Oregon Trail and Westward Expansion

September 30, 2020

The Oregon Trail served as the lone path connecting the West Coast to the rest of America. Despite its hazardous nature, settlers were determined to migrate to Oregon Country and beginning in the 1830s, maps often depicted this famous route to the wild west. See this week’s blog to learn more!

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Why Are Printed Flags So Rare?

Why Are Printed Flags So Rare?

September 23, 2020

What exactly does it mean when an antique flag is ‘printed?’ Why are they so rare? Read this week’s blog to learn about this fascinating subset of American flags!

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Mark Twain: The Adventures of a Small Town Steamboat Pilot

Mark Twain: The Adventures of a Small Town Steamboat Pilot

September 15, 2020

Delve into the story of America's first great novelist. Riddled with wit, criticism, sarcasm, and blunt observations, Mark Twain's writings have remained some of the most beloved stories in American history, but the author's own history can rival even his greatest novels.

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Semper Fi: Our U.S. Marine Corps Leather Journals

Semper Fi: Our U.S. Marine Corps Leather Journals

September 09, 2020

A perfect gift for the Marine in your life going back to school, back to work, or who is away from home, our U.S. Marine Corps leather journals are one-of-a-kind! Created in collaboration with the ladies at Tactile Craftworks these reusable journal covers honor a branch of the military as old as the country itself.

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Rare Book Collection: Highlights from Our Staff

Rare Book Collection: Highlights from Our Staff

September 02, 2020

This month, we at The Great Republic are highlighting our extensive collection of rare and unique books. Take a look at our staff top picks!

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America the Beautiful: Early Accounts of the Young United States

America the Beautiful: Early Accounts of the Young United States

August 26, 2020

Some of the best imagery of the early U.S. comes from an interest in its political structure and an attempt to establish a global presence. The Great American Experiment was closely monitored and recorded by travelers, scholars, and politicians who sought answers to the question: Can a country be successful under a representative democracy? This fascination led to a wealth of observations and reports of the United States in its first decades. Filled with firsthand accounts, detailed histories, and beautiful sketches, these works paint a picture of a young nation that changed so quickly.

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An Artist to Know: Haskell Coffin

An Artist to Know: Haskell Coffin

August 19, 2020

William “Haskell” Coffin, produced some of the most admired American female portraiture of the 20th century. His beloved style and “Coffin Girls” could be found on calendars, sheet music, magazines, and more famously on posters. Works such as his WWI poster, Joan of Arc Saved France, showcase his particular style, figures, and clientele. 

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Vintage Posters: Highlights from Our Staff

Vintage Posters: Highlights from Our Staff

August 11, 2020

This month The Great Republic is highlighting its extensive collection of vintage posters. Whether promoting exciting travel opportunities, announcing a new film, or inspiring onlookers to serve their country, posters drew attention and had a way of connecting with the public that many other mediums didn’t. Come see what our experienced staff has hand-picked as their choice-of-the-month!

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O’er the Ramparts We Watched: What Inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner”

O’er the Ramparts We Watched: What Inspired the “Star-Spangled Banner”

August 05, 2020

Whether at a sports game or an Independence Day event, the words of The National Anthem are echoed across the United States. Francis Scott Key’s song had such an impact on the nation’s history, that it defined the way we view our flag. What could have inspired a lawyer from Baltimore to pen such inspiring and impactful words? Learn more in this week’s blog.

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What Is a Lithograph and How Is It Made?

What Is a Lithograph and How Is It Made?

July 29, 2020

Since its invention in the late 18th century, Lithography has enthralled artists and the public alike but how exactly is a lithograph made? How is it different from other prints? Commercial printing, from the 19th century to now, owes many thanks to lithography and its process that is still being used today. Be sure to check out The Great Republic’s collection of fascinating lithographs!

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Ernest Hemingway: A Character Himself

Ernest Hemingway: A Character Himself

July 24, 2020

What makes Ernest Hemingway's novels and short stories so impactful? This week's blog describes how Hemingway built on his own life experiences, his thoughts, and his world views to create some of the 20th century's most memorable works and the new literary Iceberg Theory. Be sure to check out our fantastic collection of first edition Hemingway novels.

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The Vortic Military Edition Watch

The Vortic Military Edition Watch

July 08, 2020

Vortic Watch Company designed the Military Edition Watch to honor veterans and celebrate American military power. First released for pre-sale at Veterans Day 2019, this exclusive, limited edition watch is now almost fully sold out. Out of the 50 produced, only 2 remain, and we have our hands on them.

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