Volunteer Refreshment Saloon, Supported Gratuitously by the Citizens of Philadelphia.

Chromolithograph, 1861.
Image size 15 1/2 x 21 1/2" (39.4 x 54.5 cm) plus title and margins.
Good condition, save for one tear in the upper portion of the image. Overall time-toned but pleasingly so. Bright original coloring.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 94030
Price: $1,450.00
Publisher : Published by B. S. Brown, 110 South St. Phil.
This print depicts the Union Volunteer Refreshment Saloon which was located at the southwest corner of Swanson and Washington Avenues in Philadelphia. This "saloon" was a volunteer relief agency supported by the citizens of Philadelphia, to provided meals, hospital care, washing, sleeping, and writing facilities to military personnel, refugees, and freedmen throughout the war. The print shows soldiers, cheered by civilian onlookers, marching out from the main building to embark on cars of the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore Railroad for transport to the battlefields to the south. The flag in the upper left-hand corner proclaims “Union For Ever,” indicating the main initial war aim of the North and of President Abraham Lincoln: to preserve the Union by forcibly preventing the secession of the Southern states. Below the main illustration are views of: Washing Department; Interion of Dining Saloon, free for Union Volunteers; Cooking Departmant. The illustration was designed and drawn on stone and printed by the lithographer William Boell.Embossed stamp of the publisher "B.S. Brown"in lower left margin 18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Pennsylvania - Philadelphia