[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin] (LOC)
[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]
1 item : campaign button with tintype photographs ; 3/4 x 3/4 in.
Political campaign button for Abraham Lincoln's first (1860) U.S. presidential campaign. Includes a bust portrait of Lincoln on one side and a bust portrait of vice presidential nominee Hannibal Hamlin on the other side; with a metal wire fastener. The Lincoln portrait was copied from a popular 1858 ambrotype attributed to Roderick M. Cole of Peoria, Ill. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 263)
This campaign button represents an early use of photography to advertise an American presidential candidate. Lincoln relied on photography, a fairly new new technology in 1860, to make himself better known during the campaign.
Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 263.
Title devised by Library staff.
Format: Buttons (Information artifacts)--1860.
Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.
Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19430
Call Number: Unprocessed in PR 17 CN 541.2 [item]