Monday, February 21, 2011

President Abraham Lincoln, Birth and Death in Postcards

The White House
The Log Cabin in which Abraham Lincoln was born
Rock Spring Farm Kentucky,
Feb. 12th, 1809

This postcard is postmarked in 1910 with a 1 cent stamp.
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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Washington, D.C.

President and Mrs. Lincoln attended the performance of "Our American Cousin" on the evening of April 14, 1865. While seated in the Presidential Box, Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Color Photo: Steve Tuttle, Alexandria, VA

This card is unused and from 1991.
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Ford's Theatre National Historic Site
Petersen House Where Lincoln Died
Washington, D.C.

President Abraham Lincoln lay dying in Willie Clark's small room through the night of April 14, 1865. Surrounded by his family and members of the Cabinet, he died at 7:22 a.m. on April 15, 1865. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton said, "Now he belongs to the ages."

Photo: Steve Tuttle

This unused postcard is also from 1991.
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Abraham Lincoln received America's first large, state-run funeral. His original coffin of black walnut, black broadcloth, silk upholstery, and silver trimming cost $1,500.
The Museum of Funeral Customs is located at 1440 Monument Avenue, next to Abraham Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Illinois.

This unused postcard is from 2008. 

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