In the early years of the Civil War, pictorial envelopes were produced by various printing companies, in both the North and the South. Other images came from sources such as almanacs and popular magazines.
Three scrapbooks, into which propagandistic cartoons and images have been pasted. Many images are on envelopes, and the envelopes are pasted into the books. In other cases, images are clipped out and pasted in. With only three exceptions, the items in the scrapbooks are pro-Union and anti-Confederate. Few items are dated, but those that are are all dated 1861. Many items are patriotic, and contain images of the U.S. flag, or refer to the Constitution, praise Lincoln or various Union generals, or contain inspirational poetry. Most indicate confidence in an eventual Union victory or depict Lincoln, Union generals, or Union soldiers as fearsome and heroic. Many others lampoon Jefferson Davis, with many images depicting him, or southerners in general, as the devil or as one of various different animals. Many violent images are included, some depicting Jefferson Davis being executed.
Civil War Propaganda Scrapbooks, 1981-1865, Archives Center, National Museum of American History