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The carte de visite features arguably one of the most famous beardless photographs of Abraham Lincoln. It was taken by Matthew Brady on the morning of February 27, 1860 shortly before Lincoln delivered his Cooper Union Address. It is rumored that the speech and photograph combined won Lincoln the 1860 Presidential Election. [Ref: O-17.] The photograph shows Lincoln from the waist up standing with his proper left hand resting on a small stack of books.
Hamilton, Charles and Lloyd Ostendorf, eds. Lincoln in Photographs: An Album of Every Known Pose. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma, 1963; Page: 34.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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4 1/16 X 2 1/16 inches
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albumen print on paper card
verso, handwritten in pencil: Abraham Lincoln / 44 verso: PUBLISHED BY / E. ANTHONY, / 501 Broadway, / NEW YORK. / FROM / PHOTOGRAPHIC / NEGATIVE, / FROM / BRADY'S NATIONAL / Portrait Gallery.
Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
carte-de-visite (card photograph)
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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