Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, at Shanghai, China. July 4th, Centennial.

Celebration of the Centennial Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, at Shanghai, China. July 4th, Centennial.

Shanghai: Kelly & Walsh, Printers, 1876. Broadside on silk, printed in red and blue, 12.25” x 9.375” (overall dimensions).

An rare silk broadside announcing the celebration of the U. S. Centennial aboard the excursion steamer “Plymouth Rock,” in Shanghai, China.

The day long program included a “Salute of One Hundred Guns at Sunrise,” a “national Salute at 12 Meridian,” a reading of the Declaration of Independence by O. B. Bradford, an oration by Consulate-General John C. Myers, and a series of thirteen toasts to the President, the Emperor of China, the Memory of Washington “drank in silence,” the memory of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Union, and so on. The text concludes with the following note: “The ‘Plymouth Rock’ will leave the Wharf adjoining the Consulate General at 9 A. M. precisely, returning at 6 P. M. All American citizens resident or sojourning in Shanghai, are hereby invited to participate in the festivities of the day.”

A rare and very appealing artifact of Centennial celebration by Americans in China.

OCLC records a single copy, at the Peabody Essex Museum.

CONDITION: Good, loss to much of delicate selvage, but main portion of the broadside, which is printed on heavier silk, is intact and stable; wrinkled.

Item #3505

Price: $2,500.00

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