History buffs, take note! Recently, Galison’s Private Label team developed two custom projects for the Pennsylvania Heritage Society; a Drum Puzzle and Correspondence Set. They will use both items to complement traveling exhibits and programs that commemorate Pennsylvania’s 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
The State Museum of Pennsylvania is home to a vast collection of historic memorabilia, including a period drum used during the Battle of Gettysburg (1863). Our task was to create a puzzle container that would replicate the design and shape of this historic drum. To accomplish this, our first step was to tweak the dimensions of our popular Mudpuppy 63 Piece Puzzle format to make the packaging squatter and wider. We then had to seam 32 individual pictures of the drum together to simulate a 3D image. Finally, we increased the dimensions, 18" x 14" to 29" x 14", and piece count, 63 to 425, of the puzzle, to make it more challenging for its adult audience. The puzzle stored inside the newly designed drum depicts Peter Rothermel's painting, "Battle of Gettysburg: Pickett's Charge".
In addition to the Drum, we designed a Civil War Correspondence Set utilizing our Galison Stationery Set format. As we learned, soldiers of the Civil War were prolific letter writers. Decorated stationery and envelopes were widely used and often featured patriotic designs and slogans. Using ephemera from The Library Company of Philadelphia, a collage design was created to serve as the packaging artwork. Our in-house designer then created a pattern to simulate aged and faded paper for the sheets and envelopes in the interior.
For more information about Pennsylvania’s statewide anniversary programming, visit: http://www.pacivilwar150.com.
Have a look at the National Park Service’s Gettysburg Battle Field web site for a virtual tour and a lot of interesting information. http://www.nps.gov/archive/gett/getttour/main-ms.htm
~Lauren & Shannon