The Title Page for the book Trial of Andrew Johnson, published by Congress in 1868. Click to see in greater detail.
M Y C O L L E C T I O N — Andrew Johnson, first President to be impeached by Congress. Johnson took over when Lincoln was assassinated. Long story short, the Articles of Impeachment were never passed, losing by one vote in three separate tries. This is the Title Page to Volume 1 of the book of the entire Impeachment proceedings, published by Congress in 1868. There were some lawyers on my mother's side of the family back then. It's interesting to peruse their pages, and see the handwritten notes in the margins, notating various points I suppose they wanted to remember for future use.
I have many, many books dating back to the very early 1800s. I've actually scanned the leather-bound exteriors to use as backgrounds in some of my book designs. I have a huge electronic file of backgrounds I've created and used in the past twenty years, just for use in a book in some way, shape or form. And with Photoshop, they're all endlessly variable. What appeals to me as much as the actual image, is the Karma that old leather etc carries with it. I like to use 'good' vibes in my books.
It's my profound wish that in 150-200 years someone finds a book which I have designed. Except for one book I forgot to make sure I was listed in, lol, I have my name on the copyright page of every book I've ever designed, numbering almost 1,000 tomes by now. Who knows if anyone will save 'hard copies' of books anymore though. I never thought I'd live long enough to see anyone actually debate whether or not printed books would cease to exist, and yet this is the world we live in. Since I don't have children, and never will, my books and my art will have to serve as my legacy.
For a HECK of a lot more about President Johnson, his background, his Presidency, the Impeachment and the rest of his life, Wikipedia has a ton of information. Wiki can be hit-or-miss on some subjects, some of the information I've found there about cars is so wrong it's laughable. I try to read through their entries before I ever post a link to their page. I don't know a lot about our early Presidents unfortunately, but this entry seems chock full of decent information. Click here.
The title of this post? The more politics change, the more it stays the same, right? This entry was prompted by a 'news' item I just heard on TV. Certified Crazy Loon Tom Tancredo has called for President Obama to be impeached. Oy vey. It never ends!