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Creator Role

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Description

The card is presumably a trade card distributed by the Western Bank Note & Eng. Co. It includes an engraving of a bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln along with the full text of the Bixby letter. The letter, rumored to have been written by Lincoln's private secretary John Hay, was written in 1864 to offer condolences to widow Lydia Parker Bixby, who claimed to have lost five sons during the American Civil War.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

n.d.

Measurement

6 3/8 X 3 1/4 inches

Materials and Techniques Display

ink on paper card

Inscription

recto, at bottom, printed signature: Abraham Lincoln recto, at bottom, on border: WESTERN BANK NOTE & ENG. CO, CHICAGO. / WESTERN DIVISION AMERICAN BANKNOTE COMPANY. verso, at top: DEAR FRIEND:- / PLEASE ADD THIS TO YOUR "LINCOLN" / COLLECTION WITH MY COMPLIMENTS AND ALL / GOOD WISHES. / AS EVER, / RAYMOND A. BAHR / SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

trade card

Class

ephemera

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

2187

Digital ID

FVW_02187

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries.

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Lincoln's Mrs. Bixby Letter

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