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Abraham Lincoln, bust portrait [ambrotype], with TLS. [1858 ca., March 6, 1944]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0629 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1858 ca., 1944/03/06 Pagination: 1 photograph 20.3 x 25.4 cm

Summary of Content: Pre-war picture [1850's ca.] of a young Lincoln. Inscription in Meserve's handwriting on verso: "Abraham Lincoln (Meserve No 12). Copied Mch 14 1944 from an 8 x 10 glass framed photograph (through the glass) owned by Mr. Kerr Rainsford with his kind permission. His photograph seemed to be an enlargment of a copy of the ambrotype (not reversed). F. H. Meserve." See GLC 5111.01.0628--.0631.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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