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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Tintype photograph taken by Cole in 1858, in later case; campaign image

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03950 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: [Peoria?] Type: Photograph Date: 1859 Pagination: 1 cased image 6.3 x 5 cm

Summary of Content: Tintype, apparently based on Ostendorf 14 (the tintype reverses the image). Hamilton & Ostendorf, Lincoln in Photographs, p. 28 suggests that Roderick M. Cole of Peoria made the image about 1858. (See GLC 590.)

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentPhotographyPoliticsElectionGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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