Learn more about Theodore Ohman, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.


an excerpt from The Story of Restoration by Walter O. Mahan about Theodore Ohman's work

"Your restoration of the Declaration of Independence is a very great accomplishment, and we are most happy to have this copy in this Division where many will admire it." - The Library of Congress, Washington.


The Declaration of Independence - Theodore Ohman's copy

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Theodore Ohman Declaration of Independence. In 1942 master lithographer Ohman created this reproduction DOI in a two-step process: the background is a photo taken of the actual Declaration. Superimposed over this is an image taken from an original Stone engraving of the Declaration. The result is a remarkably realistic copy of the document as it would appear if the original ink not faded. Measures 32.5" x 26" Most Ohman copies are sponsored by a company and bears the name on the document, you may find them by Coca-cola, Bakeries, industrial companies, etc.

Upon arriving in the United States, Ohman made a trip to the Library of Congress to see the Constitution and the Declaration. Ohman was horrified to learn that the Declaration had been permanently damaged in 1823 and the Constitution was in very fragile condition. After seeing these marred and damaged originals, Ohman dedicated the remainder of his life to re-creating both the Declaration and Constitution as they originally appeared in 1776, so that people would always be able to appreciate the two documents that made and keep us free.

Ohman realized that if he could obtain one of the original parchment engravings, it would contain a more exact image of the original Declaration than the now-damaged original itself. After an exhaustive search, Ohman located one of the parchment copies made by Stone and immediately purchased it from this, the text of the script and the precise original signatures of the Founding Fathers were obtained for reproduction. As luck would have it, Ohman also located a negative of one of the last photographs taken of the original Declaration before it was sealed in its permanent glass shrine in 1903. From this picture, Ohman was able to reproduce the appearance of the cracked and smudged original parchment.

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The Declaration of Independence

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The History of The Declaration of Independence

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It was in August of 1775, a proclamation so declared that the colonists, still being the King’s subjects were engaged in an open and affirmed rebellion. Parliament in 1775 passed the American Prohibitory Act, making all American vessels and their cargo forfeit to the Kind. The colonists watching the events coming from England became convinced the King treated the colonies a separate entity from its mother land. Each colony slowing began to cut their ties to England through the Continental Congress, whereby in March of 1776 they passed the Privateering Resolution, allowing colonists “to fit out armed vessels to cruise on the enemies of these United Colonies”. The colonists open their ports to foreign trade and commerce with other nations, severing ties of the Navigation Act, on May the 10th, 1776, the Resolution for the Formation of Local Governments was passed. The colonists were on their way to independence.

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