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[Abraham Lincoln raising a flag at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in honor of the admission of Kansas to the Union on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1861] The original image was taken during L ... show more

[Abraham Lincoln raising a flag at Independence Hall, Philadelphia, in honor of the admission of Kansas to the Union on Washington's Birthday, February 22, 1861]
1 photographic print : gelatin silver.
The original image was taken during Lincoln's journey to Washington for the inauguration and is one of three images in the first set of photos of the president elect. In this view taken shortly after sunrise, "Lincoln is closer to the center of the flag, standing bare-headed above the third star from the left. ... Tad leans on the rail with chin in hand, gazing at the spectators." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 73-4) Meserve printed only the center of the image for his book, showing the area between two trees.
  • Illus. in: The Photographs of Abraham Lincoln / Frederick Hill Meserve. New York, Privately printed, 1911.
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Ostendorf, no. 48 (variant)
  • Meserve, no. 37
  • Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 74 and 396.
  • Miscellaneous Items in High Demand
  • Lincoln, Abraham,--1809-1865.
  • Gelatin silver prints--1910-1920.
  • Portrait photographs--1860-1870.
Richards, F. De B. (Frederick De Bourg), photographer

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