Exhibitions: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864

Winslow Homer: Any Thing for Me, If You Please?

Winslow Homer produced this illustration of the fair shortly after the bazaar opened in 1864. One of the fund-raising event’s most popular attractions was the “Post Office,” where people could pay to send messages to others at the fair. The booth also served as a site of flirtatious dalliance between male visitors and the young women who generally staffed the office.