The Physical Lincoln: A58i

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Version 1: Digital Print of Hardcopy Image:A58i-v1.jpg
Print Key: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-8270-A-3a55055u
Print URL:
MaxPixels: 5104 x 6273
Comments: Not a sharp image. b&w film copy negative. 1 photographic print: gelatin silver.
Version 2: Digital Print of Hardcopy Image:A58i-v2.jpg
Print Key: Library of Congress LC-USZ62-8270-B-3a55054u
Print URL:
MaxPixels: 5140 x 6255
Comments: Cropped above elbow. b&w film copy negative. 1 photographic print: gelatin silver.
Print: Mellon p42
Caption: (p43) Reproduced from a signed albumen copy print presented by Lincoln to Arnold Robinson, the court crier in Springfield, Illinois. The lost original, almost certainly an ambrotype or daguerreotype, is believed to have been made by Christopher S. German, in Springfield, during late September 1858.
Collection: Arthur Talansky.
Print: Kunhardt 140

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Photographer German (?)
Location Springfield, IL
Sitting sitdate:=1858-09
Technique daguerreotype (?)
Meserve # Meserve Number:=9
Ostendorf # Ostendorf Number:=9
Ostendorf pg Ostendorf Page:=20, Ostendorf Page:=260
Mellon pg Mellon Page:=40, Mellon Page:=42
Kunhardt pg Kunhardt Page:=140
Synonym none
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Photograph, probably by C.S. German, Springfield, Sunday, September 26, 1858.

After a photograph owned by Mrs. Harriet Chapman of Charleston, Illinois. Mrs. Chapman is a grand-daughter of Sarah Bush Lincoln, Lincoln's step-mother. Her son, Mr. R. N. Chapman of Charleston, Illinois, writes us: "In 1858 Lincoln and Douglas had a series of joint debates in this State, and this city was one place of meeting. Mr. Lincoln's step-mother was making her home with my father and mother at that time. Mr. Lincoln stopped at our house, and as he was going away my mother said to him: 'Uncle Abe, I want a picture of you.' He replied, 'Well, Harriet, when I get home I will have one taken for you and send it to you.' Soon after, mother received the photograph, which she still has, already framed, from Springfield, Illinois, with a letter from Mr. Lincoln, in which he said, 'This is not a very good-looking picture, but it's the best that could be produced from the poor subject.' He also said that he had it taken solely for my mother. The photograph is still in its original frame, and I am sure is the most perfect and best picture of Lincoln in existence. We suppose it must have been taken in Springfield, Illinois."

-- Page 215 of The Early Life of Abraham Lincoln, by Ida M. Tarbell and J. McCan Davis, New York: S.S. McClure, 1896. (TarbellE)

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