47 Responses to “Dunlap Broadside Version”

  1. 1 Bill Sitler November 25, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    I’m looking for an image of the “printers copy” of the Dunlap Broadside.

    where can I get one?


  2. 6 anthony November 26, 2007 at 7:00 pm

    The only images of the Dunlap Broadside I know of are the ones I’ve found through google image.

  3. 7 Todd February 11, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I have a few facsimiles of a one time letter press printing. These facsimiles of the Dunlap Broadside are exceptional and exact in every way; size, shape, color, front and back.

    From my research, they are the only true facsimiles ever made of any of the 25 known extant copies.

    • 8 john l corn February 6, 2010 at 7:01 pm

      I also have mutiple copies of my fathers original broadside copy of the decleration of independence taken from the original copy printed on paper from the same era. My fathers copy hangs in the city of dallas downtown library.

      • 9 Todd February 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

        These were not printed on paper from that era. Special paper was made to duplicate the paper from that era.

      • 10 Randy September 7, 2010 at 7:01 pm

        Do you still have any of your father’s original broadside copies of the Dunlap broadside? I am a relative of John Dunlap and would be interested is obtaining one of the copies. How much are you charging for a copy? You can contact me at

    • 11 Andrius Nemickas April 4, 2020 at 7:50 am

      Hello. I am a newcomer to the Dunlap Broadside history and am inspired by the efforts of Corn/Driscoll to reproduce so authentically. I would love to purchase a copy if you still have any available. I can be reached at Thank you.

      Andrius Nemickas

  4. 12 Barbara February 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Have you seen a copy of Frederick Goff’s book The John Dunlap Broadside The First Printing of the Declaration of Independence? The printer’s proof copy is No. 7 belonging to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. I’m trying to buy an online copy (any broadside will do) and get it sent to Holland, but I’m not having much luck!

  5. 13 Todd February 27, 2009 at 11:32 pm


    I have Goff’s book and will have a look at the printer’s proof for reference.

    Are you looking for an online copy of Goff’s book or of a Dunlap Broadside printing of the Declaration?

  6. 14 Barbara February 28, 2009 at 7:19 am

    Hi Todd, I also have a copy of Goff’s book. I live in Holland in a place called Zaandam where a lot of the paper was made that was used by John Dunlap. At east 13 of the copies were printed on paper from fecognised Zaandam paper mills! I’m just trying to get a couple of ‘posters’. I’d like to be able to show one to the various institutuons here, so that they can appreciate just how special it is. I’ve been doing quite a lot of research, and it’s great fun anyway!

  7. 15 Todd February 28, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Hello Barbara,

    Very interesting! It sounds like a great thing you are doing.

    If you take a look at the Corn-Driscoll-Leary copy on page 54 of Goff’s book (it is Dunlap copy number 18), you will notice that Goff mentions the following:

    “An excellent exact facsimile with an explanatory note was made for the present owners, Ira G. Corn Jr., and Joseph P. Driscoll, of Dallas, in 1970 by the Lakeside Press, with imprint on the verso: ‘Reproduced by R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company, The Lakeside Press.'”

    The unique thing about those exact facsimiles is that Ira Corn went to great lengths and great expense to have special paper made to match the paper used in 1776. The paper doesn’t contain any water marks, but it does have the same chain lines (both horizontal and vertical) as the originial. And it is exact in every other way as well.

    The facsimiles that I mentioned in my first post are what is left of that one time limited facsimile printing. They are so well done, that Ira G. Corn had the imprint placed on the back noting it was a facsimile so potential collectors would not confuse it with an original.

    If you would be interested in one of these rare and limited facsimile printings, we could possibly work something out. They are not cheap by any means as there are only a few and no other “true” facsimiles have ever been printed.

    Otherwise, I may have reference to an institution that still has some “poster” type printings of the Dunlap Broadside. I will look in my notes to find the address and see if they still have any available. I purchased one from them a couple of years ago and received number “76” out of a “100” set printing. So I don’t know if they will have any more, but I’ll check.

    If you would like to contact me personally about one of the original Ira G. Corn exact facsimiles, let me know and I’ll give you an email address.

    And you are right, it is great fun!


    • 16 Scott July 12, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      Hi Todd,

      I am interested in one of your Dunlap copies assuming you still have one. Please email me at and I will be happy to arrange payment and shipping.


    • 17 Nadine October 28, 2010 at 3:11 am

      Your information on the Declaration of Independence copy was most interesting, my passion regarding the subject, gives me cause to read upon the subject whenever I can. Having copy of the signed version of the greatest American document is a wonderful possession, yet having the Dunlap would be such a delight to my Jeffersonian soul. An honor indeed to bestow upon my walls the great works of such a man as he. His words ring to the center of my soul, arising from it my ever passionate quest to educate the masses; regarding our freedoms, liberties and attentiveness.

      Please do as you wish, contact me, should you discover this reply to your posting. Speaking to another patriot of this country is always a welcoming event.


    • 19 Russ Moran October 21, 2014 at 11:24 pm


      I am auctioning a copy of Ira Corn’s Dunlap Broadside. I noticed that you were looking for on on a blog post.


  8. 20 Barbara March 13, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Hello Todd,
    Thank you so much for taking the trouble to give me such a healthy amount of information!

    I did find a reference to a ‘true facsimile’ that was for sale (costing something like $675) Rather too much for me! I don’t remember if it had anything to do with the Corn Driscol copy. I’ll check it out.

    So far I’ve been in touch with the Liberty Bell Museum in Hertford, who have regretfully declined a heartfelt plea to send me a few of their posters! Sad actually as they’re only a few dollars each!

    Maybe one day I will be able to afford the Corn/Driscol facsimilie.

    I am going to have to come and visit you all one of these days. I have also found out that The Articles of Confederation, Dunlap 1776 were printed on Zaandam paper and that Thomas Jefferson’s hand-written notes for the Declaration were written on Dutch paper. I have a feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

    I’d appreciate any help you can give me!


  9. 21 Todd March 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Hello Barbara,

    I am familiar with the website that you said you found regarding a ‘true facsimile’. The person who runs that site sells them for $695 and I was his source for the facsimiles. However, I no longer supply him with any facsimiles as there are not many more available. I would sell one to you for a lot less if you wanted a Corn-Driscoll facsimile. I would not recommend purchasing one from the History website you found.

    Sorry to hear the Liberty Bell Museum would not accommodate you. Were they unable to ship overseas from the US?

    Here is a website for a printed copy of the Dunlap Broadside. I don’t know how many they have left as they were limited to 100 numbered copies:

    The Maine Historical Society copies are nicely done but they are not as authentic as the Corn-Driscoll facsimiles.

    If you’d like to contact me directly, feel free at:

    I would be happy to try and help with any information.



  10. 22 Barbara March 13, 2009 at 10:44 pm

    Well Todd! Thank you so much for the information. I spent half the evening trying to find something on ebay on the advise of, but sadly could not find anything Dunlapish. I’ve managed to place an order with the Maine Historical Society Online Store! ($15 per poster) I hope it works. I’m extraordinarily grateful!

    I have asked a local small printing museum if they might be able to produce some sort of facsimilie of a Dunlap Broadside, maybe on paper produced by the very last paper mill still in existance and still making paper in the time honoured way in Zaandam. That would be something!

    I will contact you by email. Thanks also for the address!


  11. 24 Barbara March 27, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Hi Todd, Just to let you know that my Dunlap facsimilie copy from the Maine Historical Society arrived safe and sound yesterday. It’s fabulous! Better than a poster or a photo copy and printed on very thin paper. I’m very happy with it! Thanks once again for the advice. I have written to your email address, but not heard anything since, should I try again, or just wait and see?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,


  12. 25 Roger Christie July 3, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Aloha. What – exactly – is the paper made of for these printings? Rumors in the hemp community have for decades been that the original paper was made of rags made of hemp (Cannabis, marijuana) linen. I’d love a definitive answer on this. Mahalo.

    Roger Christie, Founder

    THC Ministry


  13. 26 Randy Scheid August 22, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    Todd: I fund 2 copies of the Dunlap printing with facsimile written in the bottom right hand corner. Can you give me some information on it?

  14. 27 Todd August 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Randy,

    I can try to provide some info. I’d need to see some pictures at least and get some dimensions.

  15. 28 Acacio October 4, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Hello Todd,

    Do you know by chance how many copies of the Declaration of Independence were made by Ira G. Corn Jr. and Joseph P. Driscoll, of Dallas, where are those copies and what happened to the master copy?

    Thank you!

  16. 29 Todd October 5, 2009 at 1:41 am

    Hello Acacio,

    I don’t know how many total were printed. I haven’t found any reference from Ira Corn or Joseph Driscoll (or the Lakeside Press for that matter) stating a total number of facsimiles printed.

    Ira Corn and Joseph Driscoll’s original 1776 Declaration was donated to the City of Dallas in 1978 and he had the facsimiles made to give to personal friends, some Universities and Museums and probably a few were sold. I have what is left of that one time printing.

    As for Ira Corn’s personal facsimile, that was aquired by collector.

    I hope that helps. You once emailed me and I responded. Did you ever receive my response?


    • 30 john l corn February 6, 2010 at 7:09 pm

      actually I have Ira Corn’s personal facsimile copy of the Decleration of Independence. It hangs in my office in Dallas

  17. 31 Todd February 6, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    There must be “two” personal copies of Ira Corn’s personal facsimile copy, because Ira gave it to him personally.

  18. 32 Todd February 6, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    What I meant to say before the browser went nuts on me, is that Ira gave his personal copy to someone in Calif.

  19. 33 Dover March 26, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Did these personal facsimiles have the Corn/Driscoll imprints or were they without the reproduction notification? And where was this imprint? Was it on the back of the reproduction or at a point where it could be easily removed from the reprocution? Thank you.

    • 34 Todd March 27, 2010 at 5:16 am

      The copies that Ira Corn had made did have a facsimile notification on the back of each. It’s located at the bottom center. It is not removable (or couldn’t be removed without leaving evidence of tampering).

      There were a few “samples” made by R. R. Donnelley that did not have the facsimile notification on the back. These were used by Donnelley to show their craftsmanship and supplied in a folder mentioning that fact.

  20. 36 Lizz April 25, 2010 at 2:42 am


    I need some help? I can never find any iformation about these papers I have had for several years now. I have had these papers with me since 2003. Please help me if you can. I contacted to library of congress and they asked me to bring them in so they could have a look at them? Could you tell me anything about them? If can that would be a really great help. I would really appreciate it.

    My dad passed away in 2003 and in my grandmother’s who also passed away in 2001 anyway in her belongings were two facsimile copies of the john dunlap broadside. We found them inside an old folder in between some old books on her bookshelf.

    The copy is about 11 by 14 and everything is an exact match of the original john dunlap but smaller and in the bottom right corner (when looking at the broadside) is the word FACSIMILE printed in a gold coloring. I can send you pictures of it if you would like? It is an awesome copy of the original.

    Please help!!


  21. 38 betty allen September 27, 2010 at 1:26 am

    i have a copy of the declaration of independence i would like to know if it is worth anything. this one has all signatures at the bottom starting withJohn Hancock. It is printed on parchment paper with a yellowish, light brownish color. could you please reply back

  22. 40 Derek October 28, 2010 at 10:10 pm


    This string is very interesting. I am curious about a couple of things. While I understand neither of you, Todd or John, know how many facsimiles were produced, I assume you can tell me how many were originally in each of yours possession? Todd, regarding the site that sells them for $695, which shall remain nameless, how many were provided to them, and why do you not recommend that Barbara purchase from them? Also, when was the new old stock that is in your possession discovered, and when did you purchase it? I am trying to get an idea if $695 is a decent value. The quality of the facsimile certainly suggests that, but a large existing quantity or worse, ongoing production would obviously reduce that value quickly and/or continually.

    Thank you for any information you can provided.

    Kind regards, Derek

  23. 42 tom brown November 17, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    can any one tell me about water mark on back of unanimous declaration of thirteen states that i found in junk store in clarion co. pa. when i hold it up to lite i can see Bankers on it 6 times i also notice ink transfer on back that say,s in congress document appears to have been folded up 4 a long time i also notice that someone trimed the sides and bottom to fit an old mahongy frame i found it in please reply to my email at thank you Tom Brown ps my email is all small letters no capitals and no spaces in between thanks again tom

  24. 43 rose January 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I have we believe a authenic broadside poster for andrew jackson.Not sure what value it has

  25. 44 Greg Lee January 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Is there a broadside copy, that has facsimile in the right bottom corner, exact “stains” as the original shown on all broadside sites, and the page measures 10 3/4″ x 13 3/4″? No markings on the rear of the document.

  26. 46 jrock35777 December 28, 2020 at 3:59 pm

    I think I might have one but I dont know where to get it. Checked it’s not regular paper I have never seen paper like it it has water mark if you hold it to light and it was pressed not printed like today

  27. 47 Joseph J. Tursi April 18, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Today I removed a copy of the Declaration that my father had hanging in his medical office in the 1970s and was surprised to see that it is a one of the Donnelley reproductions on original paper. It is in beautiful condition as it has been framed. Although not an original Dunlap the feel of the paper and the quality of the printing is amazing. Anyone know how many of these facsimile were produced?

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