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Abraham Lincoln, bust portrait from Calvin Jackson ambrotype. October 1, 1858.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0631 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1858/10/01 Pagination: 1 photograph 18.4 x 23.5 cm

Summary of Content: Pre-war picture of a young Lincoln. 20th century print of Calvin Jackson ambryotype. Inscription on accompanying frame backing reads: "Ambrotype by Calvin Jackson Pittsfield Ill. Oct 1st 1858." Additional inscription on frame tag: "M Rainsford Order 68 282." See GLC 5111.01.0628--.0630, Meserve's letter to Rainsford and the photographs he made from Rainsford's photo of an ambrotype.

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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