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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.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
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6 3/8 X 3 1/4 inches
Materials and Techniques Display
ink on paper card
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
Advertising cards; Bixby, Lydia Parker, 1801?-1878; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865--Quotations
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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