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    [Abraham Lincoln] Ford's Theatre Broadside: Our American Cousin. 5.75" x 18", [Washington], printed by J. A. Polkinhorn & Sons [ca. April, 1865]. A contemporary reprint of the historic playbill pressed for the evening of April 14, 1865 for Ford's Theatre the night Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. This is one of the earlier reprints of this historic playbill, likely produced within weeks of the assassination. Produced on the same press as the originals, they were sold on the street as souvenirs for ten cents a copy to eager purchasers desperate for any touchstone to the fateful event. This variant appears consistent with the example owned by collector Walter C. Brenner, the authority on Ford's Theatre playbills and quite similar to the famous "Buckingham" copy, produced as a souvenir by Ford's Theater doorman John S. Buckingham. Fair condition. Very fragile with several spots of paper loss throughout, chipping and tearing.

    This is a copy of the 'first state' of the two playbills printed for Ford's Theatre for April 14. The second, a revised edition of the first that bore the addition of a patriotic song to be sung at the end of the second act, was printed after word arrived that Lincoln would attend that night's performance. Contrary to popular belief, in no case was Lincoln's name or the possibility of his attendance ever noted in the originals. A charlatan printer by the name of L. Brown of Washington who added the type: "THIS EVENING | The Performance will be honored by the presence of | PRESIDENT LINCOLN". This example still fools many unsuspecting purchasers today.


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    May, 2009
    13th-14th Wednesday-Thursday
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