Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay (LOC)

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    Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer.

    Lincoln & his secretaries, Nicolay & Hay

    [Washington, D.C., 1863], ©1884.

    1 photographic print : albumen ; 7 3/4 x 6 in.

    Photo shows President Abraham Lincoln seated between his private secretaries John G. Nicolay and John Hay at a photo session in Alexander Gardner's studio in Washington, D.C., on November 8, 1863.

    "On this day John Hay wrote in his diary: 'Went with Mrs. Ames to Gardner's Gallery & were soon joined by Nico (John G. Nicolay) and the Prest. We had a great many pictures taken ... some of the Prest. the best I have seen. ... Nico & I immortalized ourselves by having ourselves done in a group with the Prest." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 142)

    Published in: Lincoln's photographs : a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, Ohio : Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 142.

    Title from item.
    Copyright 1884 March 20, by Dennis Williams, Springfield, Ill.

    Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865--Staff.
    Hay, John--1838-1905.
    Nicolay, John G.--(John George)--1832-1901.

    Format: Portrait photographs--1860-1870.
    Group portraits--1860-1870.
    Albumen prints--1860-1870.

    Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

    Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

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    Call Number: PRES FILE - Lincoln, Abraham--Portraits--Meserve no. 56 [item]

    Quay Bell, Lidia Camacho, garww, and 24 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Quay Bell 75 months ago | reply

      Love the Dairy comments!~Cool~Thanks~!~

    2. Rick4Barb 75 months ago | reply

      i hope this does not sound irreverent but Lincoln looks a little like Mr. Spock here

      Seen in your Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) set. (?)

    3. ecstaticist 75 months ago | reply

      So cool to see this but I have to say the fashions were sure baggy.
      Seen on your photo stream. (?)

    4. NancyLiu@USA 75 months ago | reply

      To me, viewing these old pictures that clearly illustrates the life that way back to the time of 1800's which is almost 200 years ago. From these pictures that I can see the quality of their lives at that time in contrasting to today's fashion.

      To me, these images represent the long journey of this country's change within these 200 years. The material life at that time, frankily speaking, as a President of USA, Lincoln should be able to represent the best material life that a person could process; but what we can see from these pictures in comparing today what we could have in this modern society is different.

      Thinking their lives at that time also illustrated the best of material life over all human society worldwide.

      We shall feel lucky and appreciate the efforts they have made for today's our lives.

    5. fw652830 75 months ago | reply

      The Lincoln cabinet, a few of them in part, were potential martrys as well.

    6. lazzo51 75 months ago | reply

      I was thinking he looked like Spock too! It's the arched eyebrow.

    7. jaqui rivera 75 months ago | reply

      Looks like they had a horrible tailor!

    8. Leslie Clement 75 months ago | reply

      I like the raised eyebrow in this shot. I wonder what he was thinking.

    9. Peachhead (3,000,000 views!) 75 months ago | reply

      As for the clothing---I think that Lincoln was not into being a fashionable Dandy and that he was probably a bit slovenly in his personal habits. He probably didn't like to take the time for a tailor to fit him or it is possible that he bought clothes before moving to Washington, DC and lost a lot of weight while President. The stresses on him were amazing, both nationally and personally, especially with the loss of his one son in the White House.
      He appears to be wearing the same oversized frock coat in many of these photos.

    10. nitpickr 70 months ago | reply

      Lincoln's face looks like it was heavily retouched - none of the blemishes that appear in other photos.

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