GPO opened on March 4, 1861 and has continued to carry out its mission of Keeping America Informed on the three branches of the Federal Government.
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On September 22, 1862, GPO undertook one of its most significant printing jobs ever—production of the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. After President Lincoln issued the general orders, GPO employees worked late into the evening to print 15,000 copies. This copy contains a printer’s proofing marks; those corrections were made to the final version of the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863.
Cool moment from July 1969. Entertainer Bob Hope stopped by the GPO Traveling Bookstore at the Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. About 30,000 people visited GPO's exhibit of newly released Marine Corps Vietnam Combat lithograph prints. GPO's Public Information Specialist George McFarlane presented one of those prints to Bob Hope.