"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of History" letterpress print in a wide, handmade frame - Black
The History List

"Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of History" letterpress print in a wide, handmade frame - Black

Regular price $ 345.00

Available immediately. Also available in black with small hints of red.

You can also request a different frame style, color or stain. Contact me to discuss timing and cost.


Our exclusive print in a hand-made, one-of-a-kind frame. 

"The print is the result of a collaboration with The Red Door Press, a husband-and-wife letterpress shop whose owners are passionate about the history of printing and bringing letterpress printing to a wider audience. They spend weeknights printing and weekends looking for new presses and new type, and have amassed quite a collection of both.

We'd talked for a couple of years about working together on an exclusive print, and so I was excited when they contacted me last year about this very large antique eagle block they had acquired. I flew out to visit them and saw firsthand how striking it was. It's rare to have a block that is this large, and we knew it was something that, with the right text for the banner, would be perfect. (The block was created so that the printer could fill in the banner with the text of their choosing. More information on the engraver of the original image is below.)

After polling several people and posting on our Facebook page, a good friend came up with what we all agreed was the perfect message for the banner: 'Life, liberty and the pursuit of history.'

Fifty were printed, and a few minutes after I posted it online very late one night, someone bought one.  

I also wanted to make it available framed in way that was in keeping with the print and was made with the same care and attention given to the print itself. I started with wood from my house (c1780) that had been left after a new floor was put in many years ago. I cut, routed, shaped, and sanded it to come up with a unique profile, one that sets off the print, yet doesn't distract from it. As you can see from the picture, there is a slight bevel on the back that causes the frame and image to project from the wall.

It is framed with a museum-grade acrylic that is non-glare and offers UV protection. (Use a cleaner designed for acrylic, such as this one; do not use a standard glass cleaner.)

It is one-of-a-kind frame befitting this very limited, historic print.  

If you'd like to see additional photos, or are interested in me designing and building a different frame profile or finish, contact me

Your purchase will also help us support local history organizations across the country."

Lee Wright  |  Founder  |  The History List  |  History Camp

A note about shipping: Due to the size and weight of this item, the charge for shipping is $35.00.


 About the print

Printed exclusively for The History List by the Red Door Press using hand-set type on an antique press. On Cougar Natural 110 pound cover paper.

Frame: Made by hand from wood from a c1780 house.  Approximately 22" x 14"

Also available as an unframed print.

The image: An electrotype of a wood engraving by J. W. Orr. The artist's mark on the eagle says J W ORR NY. More on Orr below.

The plate is from sometime after the 1850s and was designed so that each printer could add the text they wished. 

Our addition, "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of history," expresses what so many of us who love history feel.

This print will make a striking addition to a home, school, or office. 

The engraver: John William Orr (1815-1887),  known professionally as J. W. Orr, was a prominent American wood engraver who drew many of his own illustrations and owned his own engraving and printing business.

He was born in Ireland on March 31, 1815, and was brought to Buffalo, New York in his infancy. In 1836, he completed his instruction in drawing and engraving in New York City under the distinguished William Redfield. He returned to Buffalo, where he practiced wood-engraving and published several illustrated books, including Orr's Pictorial Guide to Niagara Falls (1842), for which he designed and engraved the illustrations. He went to Albany, New York in 1842 as artist and engraver for The Country Gentleman and while there was awarded a gold medal for the best engravings of animals. In 1844 he settled in New York City, where his first employment was on Harper Brothers' Illustrated Shakespeare. It was not long before he had his own business, a wood-engraving and printing establishment at 75 and 77 Nassau Street, New York. An advertisement of around 1857 states that he specialized in "illustrated catalogues and ornamental show cards", and manufactured "illuminated envelopes". He died in 1887.

His son, Louis Herbert Orr, was a successful typographer.

Source: Wikipedia

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The Declaration of Independence in my Home!

Excellent product and customer service! Lee Wright worked personally with me on the selection of a frame for the Declaration. He offered many colors and types. He sent photos and updated me via email on the progress once we decided on a frame. He even sent care instructions. The handmade and hand painted frame makes the Declaration really pop! It matches my bookcase! I am delighted with the appearance of the frame and the Declaration. It is something that I will enjoy in my home for many years to come.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 23.5 31 10
2XL 25 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Short-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 38 28 9.25
Medium 41 29 9.5
Large 44 30 9.75
XL 47 31 10
2XL 50 32 10.25
3XL 56 33 10.5

 Long-sleeves

Size Chest Body Length
Small 38 28
Medium 41 29
Large 44 30
XL 48 31
2XL 52 32

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 20 26.5 24.38
Medium 22 27.5 24.63
Large 24 28.5 24.25
XL 26 29.5 24
2XL 28 30 23.75
3XL 30 30.5 23.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 31.5 26.5 6.38
Medium 33.5 27 6.63
Large 35.5 27.5 6.88
XL 38.5 28 7.13
2XL 41.5 28.5 7.38

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Body Width Body Length
XS 15.6 26.5
Small 16.1 26.75
Medium 17.25 27.25
Large 18.38 27.88
XL 19.88 28.5
2XL 21.38 29.13

 

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.

Size Chest Body Length Sleeve Length
Small 19 28 9.25
Medium 20.5 29 9.5
Large 22 30 9.75
XL 24 31 10
2XL 26 32 10.25
3XL 28 33 10.5

Measurement Notes:
Sleeve length measured from shoulder edge.

Care Instructions:
Machine wash cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low.