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The print is a reproduction of an illustration originally appearing in Frederick Leypoldt's 1863 publication, Ye Book of Copperheads. In the illustration, Abraham Lincoln's head is mounted on a nail file. A copperhead snake is shown with its body wound around the file and biting the file's shaft. During the Civil War, Copperhead, a snake with a predisposition to strike without warning, was a nickname given to Peace Democrats who opposed the war and called for reconciliation between the North and South.
Internet Archive. https://archive.org/stream/yebookofcopperhe00lela#page/5 (accessed August 2, 2018).
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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8 X 10 inches
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recto, in cartoon: "By the way this puts me in mind of a little story in Esop's Fables" / There once was a Copperhead vile, who attempted to damage a file, / So he tried it in truth, but soon broke every tooth / On that rust and crusty Old File. / 5 verso, on stamp: PRINT FROM PHOTOGRAPH / in possession of the Lincoln / National Life Foundation / Fort Wayne, Indiana / Identification Number 903
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
political cartoon--reproductive print
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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