Every Saturday was one of dozens of literary and general interest magazines available in the decades following the Civil War, as a sizeable middle class and the very notion of a leisurely Saturday came into being. For those Americans who did visit Washington, the chance to see the Capitol in person and perhaps call on one’s Member of Congress was a treasured memory in a day of sightseeing. If one couldn’t visit Washington and climb to the top of the Capitol, an image of the journey could be enjoyed in the comfort of one’s home.
History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “On the Way to the Cupola,” https://history.house.gov/Collection/Listing/2011/2011-089-002/ (August 17, 2022)
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