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I have been researching this photo of  The General Sherman Tree for some time now wothout much luck.  I finally found a discussion about it and was so thrilled.  It has been in my family for many years and was given to me by an Aunt about 7 years ago. I have always loved the horse at the base of the tree, it is quite a conversation piece.  Unfortunatly, the Description, mounted on the back of the frame has been torn in half.  So, I only have half of the story.  I love this framed print so much. It has been a centerpeice of my home since I recieved it.  It was so awesome to read the discussion and learn the history of this piece.  I have no intention of ever getting rid of it and plan to pass it on to one of my kids.  What I would like to know is...How can I get the description in complete condition? 

Is there a way to find the description on this website?  I would love to add it to the back of the frame where it was originaly. So that when the time comes to pass it down, my children will know exactly what it is.  Any info would be greatly appreciated.


Angela M. Shea

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I'm not sure exactly what the narrative you're looking for contains. This picture was originally printed, complete with its own narrative in the bottom margin, as the frontispiece to the April 1916 NGS magazine issue. You may find additional information in this issue with the article beginning on page 413 and additional pictures each with narratives on pages 414 and 415.

I'm not sure, but since your picture does not have this narrative, as published in the frontispiece in the bottom margin of the picture, your framed picture "may have been" a separately purchased article from the NGS. If that's the case, it could have any of the three narratives I've just mentioned: the one printed with the frontispiece, or from either of the two pictures published on pages 414 or 415.


FYI: The NGS published a recent article on the Giant Redwoods in the October 2009 issue.


Hope this helps you!

You'll find a complete April 1916 issue complete with frontispiece for sale on eBay at the following link:


I have no connection with either of the three sellers other than I have had perfectly satisfactory transactions with the two of the three sellers that are rated "top sellers" listing these items. I have had no experiences with the third seller.


Good luck!

Hello Angela,


Well between family issues, home projects, Sprint wirelss problems, etc. I never was able to get back to this thread. So now I wanted to share with you the "missing" text-descriptor of which you were seeking for this supplement.


(did you already locate the text elsewhere?). Anyway, I'll post the full text separately, below.


 FYI: this is the single lengthiest legend/caption block of any of the NGM pictorial supplements that were issued between 1905 - 1957.

I hope this information is interesting to you. Perhaps you'd like to print it out and attach it to the rear of your framed copy as you mentioned in your original posting !



kind regards,


~ Scott T. Shier

copyright by National Geographic Magazine, 1916

Gilbert H. Grosvenor, Editor


Photograph by Eddy




     Towering a giant among giants, the oldest living thing that connects the present with the dim past, majestic in its mien, its dignity and its world-old experience, the "General Sherman Tree" is the patriarch of the Sequoia National Park of California. It was already 2,000 years old when Christ was born. In the age when the known world was rocking in the throes of the Trojan Wars and the time that history tells us marked the Exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt, this greatest of sequoia gigantea was a flourishing sapling of some twenty or thirty feet in height, and truly under the especial care of the Creator, Who held it safe from the lightnings of His wrath as He did from the attack of earthly enemies. The "General Sherman" was discovered in 1879 by James Wolverton, a hunter, and named by him in honor of General William T. Sherman. It towers 279.9 feet into the sky; its base circumference is 102.8; its greatest diameter 36.5, and it has developed a diameter of 17.7 feet at a point 100 feet above the ground.

Dear Scott,

Thank You! This means so much to me to finally have this in print!!! This is such a great surprise, you just made my day!  I don't know how else I ever would have gotten it.  I couldn't afford to buy a copy and I had just figured on giving up the search.  This phot means so much to me and now it is complete!  Thank You again!



Dear Angela,


It was my pleasure to help you get the details of the inscription for this pictorial. I am really glad to see your interest in this. I hope you printed that out so that if the internet ever disappears, you'll still have it, ha-ha.

Best wishes on everything. Take care,


~ Scott S.

We found a similar framed copy of this photo in our parents attic.  It is framed but not matted and the caption / description is at the bottom ( it may be under the mat, but you would not be able to check without ruining it by tearing it apart.).

I do not see any evidence that this was taken out of the magazine-I see no evidence of any creases at all?!



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