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    Abraham Lincoln Cabinet Card. 4.25" x 6.5". The president's eyes and newly grown beard are the focus of this close-up image. The card bears the imprint of the F. McNulty, City Gallery, of Springfield, Illinois, on the verso. Additionally printed on the verso is more information about the image: "From an original negative taken in 1861 just before leaving his home for Washington City, and believed to be the only one in existence taken previous to his inauguration as President of the United Stated. This is the last negative taken of him in Illinois." Lincoln, who had been beardless all of his life, began growing facial hair in late 1860 while still campaigning for the presidency after receiving a letter from an eleven-year-old girl who wrote that his face appeared very thin. By the time he left Illinois in early 1861 to travel to Washington, D.C., to begin his first term, he was bearded. This cabinet card is age toned with very minor stains.

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    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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