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Rare Authentic Copy of Declaration of Independence found?
I have become an avid collector over the past couple years. Myself and my wife travel to all the Goodwill and Salvation Army stores finding hidden treasures everywhere. We have found items from original Garfield Cookie Jars to Prada purses. Items that others find as junk on their shelf, become items of value when introduced to the market. My wife and I have a collection of our own that we maintain only for us. Its a collection of pride and patriotism. We collect old American literature. Books, documents, coins, posters, etc... Recently I was walking through a Salvation Army with my wife and out of the corner of my eye I spotted an old faded document in a wooden frame. I walked over to the item and immediately knew we had to have it. It never crossed my mind that there were several copies actually made of the Declaration, some by William J. Stone, John Dunlap and a few others. The other day I was doing some reading on the Internet about the Declaration of Independence and realized after my read I might have something here. My document has a lot of the traits of an actual 19th century copy and even I know that it was not printed using modern technology (1980's to present). It has distinctive markings of ink on it as if it were created with a die. The paper is naturally wavy due to age and has authentic pieces from the sides cracking away. I did some comparisons to document which i know is a copy and found that this document is unique in many ways. There is even what appears to be a partial fingerprint in the same ink from the person who printed the document. I'm currently in the process of finding a well known authenticator so I can verify wether this is a true piece of history. Follow this story for an update once I find a authenticator. The picture posted is NOT of my actual document.