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Live bald eagle at rest on a perch

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.0979 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10.3 x 6.1 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.0979 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10.3 x 6.1 cm

Photographers imprint on verso: "1776 The Centennial Photograph 1876 of 'Old Abe,' the Live Wisconsin War Eagle. Agricultural Hall, (International Exposition,) Philadelphia, 1876. Executive Office, Madison, Wis., Geb'y 8, 1876. I hereby certify that this picture is a correct likeness of 'Old Abe' the Live War Eagle, carried for three years by the 8th Wisconsin Reg't in the War of the Rebellion. H. Snompton [?] Governor. Sold with the Eagle's History, By J. O. Barrett, Agricultural Building, Centennial Grounds, for the 'Old Abe Museum of Ornithology.' Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1876 by W. W. Barrett, in the office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington, D.C."

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