The American Legion
William R. Blackshear Post 78
611 State St.
Jasper, Texas 75951
JASPER - A monumental, historical milestone
in the history of the United States was reached Thursday, August
19 in Houston, Texas, when 1,000 first-ever color facsimile copies
of the Declaration of Independence were printed.
The first, true-size color print of the Declaration
of Independence, measuring 24 1/2 inches wide by 29 3/4 inches
long, are printed on low-acid, 80-pound white vintage-velvet cover
paper measuring 26 inches wide by 40 inches in length. The famous
document was reproduced from a color photographic transparency
that was obtained during the 1987 bicentennial celebration in
The first edition of the 1,000 prints, and
all subsequent prints, will be hand serial numbered stating: The
first true-size color facsimile print of the Declaration of Independence.
Produced from a color photographic transparency created by the
National Archives during the Bicentennial Celebration of 1987.
First Edition of One Thousand Serial Number ___. Printed on the
Two-Hundredth and Twenty-third anniversary of the signing of the
engrossed war document of unanimous declaration dated July 4,
1776. Printed in the United States of America, 1999 by Historical
Document Reproductions, Inc., P. O. Box 1021, Jasper, Texas, 75951-1021.
"The American Legion Post 78 hopes that
the revenue generated from this unique distribution program will
lead to more printings, and eventually, make these color prints
of the Declaration of Independence available not only to every
school in Texas, but throughout the United States," said
Post 78 Commander James K. Mitchell, Jr.
Prints of the document are available through
the William R. Blackshear American Legion Post 78 of Jasper, Texas,
in cooperation with Historical Document Reproductions, Inc., and
can be obtained at website www.freedomdocuments.com
For more information contact James Mitchell