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    Relic wallpaper from the room in the Petersen House, Washington, D.C., where Abraham Lincoln died.

    Abraham Lincoln: Peterson House Wallpaper. An ornately patterned and bordered strip of wallpaper, approximately 2" x 11", together with the envelope in which its original owner kept it. The envelope bears an illustrated corner card of Willard's Hotel, Washington, and an inked note describing the fragment as "Relic of wall paper (from Mrs. Col. Olyrood [sic; Oldroyd] custodian) from home where Lincoln died - and from death room - at bottom of & to the left of door as one enters from hall way. 2:30 P.M. Octo 12th 1894". Adhesive residue on verso of multi-colored wallpaper; has two folds. Near fine.

    Osborn H. Oldroyd, a pioneer Lincoln collector, had been resident custodian of Lincoln's Springfield home until he earned the displeasure of Robert Todd Lincoln by displaying a photo of John Wilkes Booth, among other offenses. Oldroyd eventually settled in the Petersen House, opening it for tourists at any time of day or night for 25 cents (relics included, apparently). Both the house and his collection were eventually acquired by the federal government.


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    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
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