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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Platinum print by Alexander Hesler & George P. Ayres, image from 1860 with flyer

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04698 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Photographs Date: 1860/06, 1881 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Blind copyright stamp of Ayres dated 1881. Accompanied by a Ayres promotional flyer which notes: "I have two negatives. [....] These were taken at Springfield Ill. in June 1860 immediately after Mr. Lincoln's nomination to the Presidency."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: President Election, Government and Civics, Photography

Sub Era: Age of Jackson Lincoln