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Star Spangled Banner - Independence Day - vintage postcard

Star Spangled Banner - Independence Day - vintage postcard

In times past, it was traditional to send colorful postcards in celebration of the various holidays or celebrated events. This vintage postcard is an early example of a card for Independence Day - Fourth of July Celebration, titled The Star-Spangled Banner.

The final paragraph of the Declaration of Independence:

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The Declaration of Independence has 56 signatures:

The youngest signer: Edward Rutledge - age 26 (South Carolina)
The oldest signer: Benjamin Franklin - age 70 (Pennsylvania)

Two future presidents were signers: John Adams (Massachusetts), Thomas Jefferson (Virginia)

Of the 56 signers, 26 of them or nearly one half of the signers are from just four states: Pennsylvania (9), Massachusetts (5), Virginia (7), New Jersey (5). The remaining 30 signers were from the other nine states.

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