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[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin] (LOC)

[Presidential campaign button with portraits of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin]

 

1860.

 

1 item : campaign button with tintype photographs ; 3/4 x 3/4 in.

 

Notes:

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.

 

Subjects:

Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865.

Political campaigns--1860.

Presidential elections--1860.

 

Format: Buttons (Information artifacts)--1860.

Portrait photographs--1860.

Tintypes--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]

  

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Taken sometime in 1860