Historic Photos

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. Presidents, Museums, Lincoln, President Lincoln, Northampton, Emancipation Proclamation, September 22, Historical Photos, Mississippi
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.
A cool history pic from 80 years ago this week. GPO's famed Pershing Linotype makes an appearance in the American Legion parade in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported 500,000 spectators turned out for the 11½ hour parade! https://printinghistory.org/gpo-star-linotype/ Ohio, Films, Cleveland Ohio, United States, American Legions, State Government, Dealer, Cleveland, American
A cool history pic from 80 years ago this week. GPO's famed Pershing Linotype makes an appearance in the American Legion parade in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported 500,000 spectators turned out for the 11½ hour parade! https://printinghistory.org/gpo-star-linotype/
GPO releases an updated edition of its history book "Keeping America Informed / The U.S. Government Publishing Office / A Legacy of Service to the Nation." https://www.gpo.gov/newsroom-media/presspage/16presspage18.htm History, History Books, Reading, Government, Legacy, Book Authors, America, Newsroom
GPO releases an updated edition of its history book "Keeping America Informed / The U.S. Government Publishing Office / A Legacy of Service to the Nation." https://www.gpo.gov/newsroom-media/presspage/16presspage18.htm
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. Vietnam, People, Wisconsin, Marine Fc, Public, Marine Corps Vietnam, Marine Corps, Milwaukee, Milwaukee Wisconsin
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.
The first shipment of US Government documents from GPO to Federal depository libraries was July 17, 1895 and contained 11 congressional pubs. Federal, Libraries, Us Government, Library Programs, Federation, Library
The first shipment of US Government documents from GPO to Federal depository libraries was July 17, 1895 and contained 11 congressional pubs.
Following the 1969 moon landing, there was great public interest in space publications. That same year, GPO’s bookstore display on the topic drew national attention. A local TV station in Washington, DC sent a reporter to interview Public Printer Harrison and Superintendent of Documents Carper Buckley. Discover GPO’s current collection of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration publications: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/agency/550 Landing, Administration, Washington Dc, Superintendent, Greats, Harrison, Nasa
Following the 1969 moon landing, there was great public interest in space publications. That same year, GPO’s bookstore display on the topic drew national attention. A local TV station in Washington, DC sent a reporter to interview Public Printer Harrison and Superintendent of Documents Carper Buckley. Discover GPO’s current collection of NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration publications: https://bookstore.gpo.gov/agency/550
GPO’s laboratory in the 1920s. Employees tested type metal for any impurities before it could be melted into printing type. Metal, Photography, Home Décor, Types Of Printing, Impurities, Type, Printing, 1920s
GPO’s laboratory in the 1920s. Employees tested type metal for any impurities before it could be melted into printing type.
GPO's main press room in 1900. Miniature, Vintage Photos, Printery, Printing Press, Working Woman, Labor, Washington Monument, Period
GPO's main press room in 1900.
GPO headquarters on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC. in 1904. Street, Landmarks, Mission, Building, North
GPO headquarters on North Capitol Street in Washington, DC. in 1904.
GPO Bindery in 1939 Olds, Work, Three Branches, Photos
GPO Bindery in 1939
A historic photo from 1910 of GPO's Medical Section Structures, Medical, Photo
A historic photo from 1910 of GPO's Medical Section
GPO's Medical Unit from the early part of the 20th century. The Unit, 20th Century, Century, 20th, Early
GPO's Medical Unit from the early part of the 20th century.
GPO trucks outside agency headquarters in Washington, DC in the early 1900s ready to make deliveries to Congress. Trucks, Street View, Early 1900s, The Outsiders, Old Things, 1900s
GPO trucks outside agency headquarters in Washington, DC in the early 1900s ready to make deliveries to Congress.
During National Library Week in 1969, Public Printer Harrison and Superintendent of Documents Carper Buckley (both on the right) join Defense Secretary Melvin Laird (center) and others at the Pentagon promoting military publications published by GPO. Military, Secretary, Library Week, Buckley, Defense
During National Library Week in 1969, Public Printer Harrison and Superintendent of Documents Carper Buckley (both on the right) join Defense Secretary Melvin Laird (center) and others at the Pentagon promoting military publications published by GPO.
GPO stables in 1903 on H Street in Washington, DC. This is how employees used to deliver government information to Congress. Deliver, Louvre
GPO stables in 1903 on H Street in Washington, DC. This is how employees used to deliver government information to Congress.