Red Tape and Ribbons

From the National Archives earlier this week. These ribbons were probably used as some kind of marking system by the Secretary of State’s office (William Seward’s office) during the Civil War. Something similar to the red/ pinkish ones were used all of the time to bundle letters together and I believe its where we get the term “red tape” from.

From the files of foreign soldiers forced into service during the Civil War.redtape

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