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Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861 (LOC)

Inauguration of Mr. Lincoln, March 4, 1861


[Washington, D.C., 1861]


1 photographic print : salted paper ; 33 x 36 cm.



Photograph shows participants and crowd at the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln, at the U.S. Capitol, Washington, D.C. Lincoln is standing under the wood canopy, at the front, midway between the left and center posts. His face is in shadow but the white shirt front is visible. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 87)


"A distant photograph from a special platform by an unknown photographer, in front of the Capitol, Washington, D.C., afternoon of March 4, 1861. 'A small camera was directly in front of Mr. Lincoln,' reported a newspaper, 'another at a distance of a hundred yards, and a third of huge dimensions on the right ... The three photographers present had plenty of time to take pictures, yet only the distant views have survived." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 86-87)


Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 86-87.


Title from item.

In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 59.



Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865--Inauguration, 1861.

Crowds--Washington (D.C.)--1860-1870.

Presidential inaugurations--Washington (D.C.)--1860-1870.


Format: Salted paper prints--1860-1870.


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


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Call Number: LOT 12251, p. 59


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Taken sometime in 1861