Civil War

The Modern Laocoön

A Civil War period envelope, one of my favorites because it has the term “Red Tape” as a serpent on it. And who is Laocoön?

At the Siege of Troy, Laocoön begged the Trojans to set fire to the horse to ensure it was not a trick. Laocoön did not give up trying to convince the Trojans to burn the horse, and Athena made him pay even further. She sent two giant sea serpents to strangle and kill him.

Original envelope on the left, reproduction on the right.