Mid 19th century ambrotype of a State Fair. At right, a tall man wearing a dark suit and stovepipe hat and bearing a resemblance to Abraham Lincoln is seated on farming equipment, surrounded by other figures and machinery. A large white banner is to the left, and arcade tents are in background. Hand written paper label glued to upper quadrant states: "Taken on State Fair Ground Nov. 1858". Leather frame with gilt embossed mat. 4 3/4" x 6" x 3/8". Note: In 1858 Abraham Lincoln was campaigning throughout Illinois for the U.S Senate seat and this is the same year the famous Lincoln-Douglas debates took place, however, no documentation placing him at a State Fair during November has been found. States holding fairs in November 1858 included Mississippi and Alabama. Provenance: found in the Williamsburg, VA area. CONDITION: Paper label adhered to glass and partially loose at left but not removed. Some loss visible under left of label. Other crazing to image and small loss to left of figure in stovepipe hat.
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