Monday, July 25, 2011

Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.

Lincoln Memorial
Washington, DC

Architect Henry Bacon designed the Lincoln Memorial in the style of the Doric temples of ancient Greece.  Surrounded by 36 columns, the memorial houses the 19-foot sculpture of Lincoln by Daniel Chester French.

Photographer - Dai Hirota

unused, from 2011
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Modeled on the Greek Parthenon, the Lincoln Memorial was designed by Henry Bacon and completed in 1922.  Its 36 Doric columns represent the number of states in the Union at the time of Lincoln's assassination in 1865.  In the center hall of the structure sits a 10-foot tall statue of Abraham Lincoln (left), flanked by the Gettysburg Address and his second Inaugural Address.  It is located at the west end of the Mall on the banks of the Potomac River and is the site of many historical events, such as the Dr. Martin Luther King "I have a dream" speech.

postmarked in 1999 with 20 cent stamp
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Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C.

In This 'Temple As in the Hearts of the People for Whom He Saved the Union the Memory of Abraham Lincoln Is Enshrined Forever

postmarked in 1950 with a 1 cent George Washington stamp

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