Texas Declaration of Independence - Personalized
Would you sign the Texas Declaration of Independence?
Fifty-nine founding fathers signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. You can make it 60. I'll tell you about that in a minute.
First I want to tell you something about the Texas Founding Fathers and the history of the Declaration.
The Texas founders were not a powdered wig crowd. They were men with the bark on. Their passions and foibles were unhidden, except maybe to themselves. In other words, they were real people, just like you and me.
Shakespeare wrote in Twelfth Night, "Some men are born great, some men achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
Our fifty-nine signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence can be divided into those same categories, but you would find most tallied in the third column.
Many of them had left the settled country to start new lives here in the land of second chances.
When the declaration was finished and signed at Washington-on-the-Brazos, a rider was dispatched to San Felipe de Austin with a handwritten copy. Gail Borden worked through the night to set the type and print a hundred copies on 13 by 16 inch paper. Borden used the same small type he used to print his newspaper, the Telegraph & Texas Register.
Unseen By Texan Eyes
Before 1944, almost no one in Texas had ever seen what one of those original printings looked like. That was the year Lou Kemp completed a book on the signers.
He wanted something special to give away with the limited edition of the book, so Andrew Jackson Houston allowed his father's copy to be photographed to produce a facsimile.
All the reproductions you find today are third and fourth generation copies to Lou Kemp's facsimile. And it shows.
The problem is this: out of those 100 copies printed by Borden, there are only 12 still in existence and only 2 remain in private hands. None of the owners are in a hurry to hand over their million dollar document to be scanned or photographed to create better facsimiles.
So here's what we did:
True to the Original
We completely re-typeset the declaration, being careful to keep the form true to the original. Each line is of the correct character length, every comma is in place and nineteenth century spelling is retained.
The only difference is we made it BIG.
It's 20.75 by 28.75 inches, printed on heavy cotton-rag paper. The columns are five inches wide, with type clean, clear and legible.
There's just one problem. It makes a statement. Hang it on your wall and people will never stop asking you about it.
You Can Be the 60th Signer
Your name will be added to the list of signers, making you (or anyone you wish) the 60th signer.
It's the ultimate display piece for a true Texas patriot.
- 20.75 by 28.75 inches
- Personalized Print
- On 100% cotton-rag watercolor paper
The paper is acid free, cold press cotton watercolor with an elegant ever so lightly textured finish. This surface allows the inks to 'bite', producing beautiful shading and tonality.
The inks are guaranteed color-fast for 80 years, which means you won't need to lay out the extra money for UV glass. You can hang your print in direct sun and it will be just as bright when they are passed on to the next generation it is the day it ships.
It's an instant heirloom. Get yours before they're gone...and get one to give to a friend. He'll owe you!
- Shipping is $5 for this item.
- Allow two weeks for delivery.
- Ships in a sturdy tube.
We will gladly buy it back if you decide you don't want it anymore. There's no time limit on that.