Monroe County Historical Association

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Replicas of Historical Documents


From the Historical Documents Company — In 1926, a Philadelphia druggist named Charles Promislo accidentally spilled a beaker of chemicals on his laboratory table and left a mess to clean up in the morning. By the next day, the spilled liquids had soaked through some papers. The papers had reacted in a strange way, for each sheet was aged, wrinkled and old. Mr. Promislo, a history buff, was intrigued by his discovery and founded Historical Documents Company. He devoted several years to perfecting his unique 11-step process.

The documents were first made available at the World's Fair of 1939 held in New York City. Charles Promislo kept adding to the items, satisfying his own interest in various periods of American History. His son and grandsons continued to add to the collection, including items of African-American History, currency and graphic books detailing some of the great battles of the Civil War.

Today, Historical Documents is still a family-owned operation in Philadelphia. The company continues the family tradition of making history come alive by producing authentic replicas on parchment paper that look and feel old.

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William Penn Deed to Pennsylvania 1681
William Penn Deed to Pennsylvania 1681

Historical Document Company. 11 x 14.
Under the Great Seal of King Charles II is the grant from the king to William Penn for a large piece of land in America, which later became Pennsylvania. The king was repaying a loan to Penn. This document, an authentic replica printed on parchment paper that looks and feels old, reveals the complete text of his majesty’s grant to Penn. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
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William Penn’s Treaty with Indians 1682
William Penn’s Treaty with Indians 1682

Historical Document Company. 11 x 14.
In 1682, William Penn sailed from England bound for America to claim the land granted to him by the British government. Upon arriving in Pennsylvania, Penn and his Quaker friends made a verbal treaty with the Indians that worked so well for both groups that not one Quaker was killed or harmed by Indians during the course of Penn’s life. This document features a beautiful artist’s rendering of the verbal agreement being made between Penn and the Indian chiefs, as well as an historical description of the event. Parchment paper looks and feels old. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Declaration of Independence 1776
Declaration of Independence 1776

Historical Documents Company. 14 x 16.
An exact replica of the original Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Inspired and written by the founding fathers, the parchment is antiqued to have the same color and appearance as the document stored in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Constitution of the United States 1787
Constitution of the United States 1787

Historical Documents Company. 12.5 x 19.
The Constitution of the United States on one sheet for easy framing and display. "We the people…" Do you know what comes next? This expertly antiqued replica also contains explanatory remarks enjoyed by anyone interested in or curious about U.S. history. Reproduced on antiqued parchment that looks and feels authentically old. Shows all original 1787 text on one sheet. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Bill of Rights 1789
Bill of Rights 1789

Historical Documents Company.
14 x 16.
The Bill of Rights of the United States as it originally appeared, reproduced on antiqued parchment that looks and feels authentically old. The most famous amendments to the Constitution of the U.S., the Bill of Rights contain the most often quoted rights granted to American citizens. Shows all original 1789 text on one sheet. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Monroe Doctrine 1823
Monroe Doctrine 1823

Historical Documents Company. 12 x 13.5
What came to be known as the Monroe Doctrine was part of President James Monroe’s State of the Union Address to Congress on December 2, 1823, and concerned an independent foreign policy for the United States. Monroe wanted to make it clear to Europe that America was no longer open to colonization and that any attempt to bring political influence into the states would be considered “dangerous to our peace and safety.” This authentic reproduction is in Monroe’s original handwriting and features his signature, with explanatory notes provided. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 1863
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address 1863

Historical Document Company. 11 x 14.
An exact replica of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address, in the former president’s handwriting, reproduced on antiqued parchment that looks and feels authentically old. Lincoln ironically noted in his short, historic speech on November 19, 1863 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, “The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here…” Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Four Documents of Freedom Set
Four Documents of Freedom Set

Historical Documents Company. Set of four.
This collection brings together four of the greatest American documents defining freedom, independence and the foundation of the U.S. as a nation. [Also sold separately — See images.] Four authentic replicas on parchment paper that look and feel old. Documents come inside one 11.5 x 14.5 envelope, each document folded in half.
  • Declaration of Independence 1776: 14" x 16"
  • U.S. Constitution 1787: 12.5" x 19"
  • Bill of Rights 1789: 14" x 16"
  • Gettysburg Address 1863: 11" x 14"
$ 1.00
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History of Famous American Flags
History of Famous American Flags

Historical Documents Company. 14 x 16
"Don't give up the ship!" This document features 16 images, names and explanations of various flags used throughout U.S. history, from pre-Revolution to the current stars and stripes. Printed on replica parchment paper that looks and feels old. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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Presidents of the United States 1789-1989
Presidents of the United States 1789-1989

Historical Documents Company. 1980. 13.5 x 14.5
Attractive Presidents of the United States poster that features the photograph and signature of each U.S. president from George Washington, 1789-1787, to Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989. Printed on replica parchment paper that looks and feels old. Comes folded inside a custom business-size envelope.
$ 1.00
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