Friday, November 15, 2013
National Archive Building Bookends For Sale
During a recent visit the the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., I noticed these bookend for sale in the gift shop. Made of solid resin, they are nicely detailed and a good size for either display or actually holding up books. They are also available online. Designed by architect John Russell Pope, The real National Archives Building is located on Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. Opened as the archives' original headquarters in 1935, the building holds the original copies of the three main formative documents of the United States and its government: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The Bill of Rights. It also hosts a copy of the 1297 Magna Carta confirmed by Edward I. These are displayed to the public in the main chamber of the National Archives, which is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. The National Archives Building also exhibits other important American historical documents such as The Louisiana Purchase Treaty, The Emancipation Proclamation, and collections of photography and other historically and culturally significant American artifacts. I have written about other building-shaped bookends in the past.