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Hesler Abraham Lincoln vignette portrait. 1858-1860 ca.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0638 Author/Creator: Hesler Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: circa 1858-1860 Pagination: 1 photograph 16.5 x 10.8 cm

Summary of Content: Accompanied by folder with Meserve's notes: "Lincoln Meserve No 78. An original Hesler print bought Apr 14 1944." Printed below image: "Photo by Hesler, 113 Lake St. Chicago."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: PresidentPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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