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Brooklyn and Long Island Sanitary Fair, (15c) Green (WV4)

Brooklyn Before Now: February 2011, Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1863

Brooklyn Sanitary Fair - 1864 - exhibition of patriotism - participants dressed in period costumes to raise money. Actual civil war reenactors, hee hee.

Published by A. Brown & Co., NY, Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, 1864, chromolithograph, 15 ¾ x 17 13/16 in., American Decorative Arts Purchase Fund, 1999.23.1

Rare doll from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection featuring an elaborate trousseau made by a woman named Eliza Lefferts and sold at the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair. During the Civil War, sanitary fairs were held to raise money for the war effort in major cities in the Northeast.

Nurses and officers of the U.S. Sanitary Commission