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Lincoln’s 200th Birthday – Library of Congress Images

lincoln secretaries Lincolns 200th Birthday   Library of Congress Images

lincoln secretaries Lincolns 200th Birthday   Library of Congress Images

It seems odd that the states in U.S. can’t make up their mind as to what President’s Day should be called or who it should honor.  Depending up on the state you live in, it may be called “Washington’s Birthday”, “Presidents’ Day”, “Washington and Lincoln Day”, “Washington and Jefferson Day”, or “George Washington Day”. It seems odd to me that such a national observance would be decided upon at the state level.

Coinciding with this year’s President’s Day holiday is a big birthday anniversary for Abraham Lincoln – his 200th.  I ran across an interesting photo set that was recently put up by the Library of Congress to honor his birthday which just passed on the 12th of February.  The curator of photography for the Library of Congress has selected images that let you see how Lincoln appeared over a span of 20 years, from the earliest known photo in 1846 through the presidential campaign in 1860.  Photos from his funeral and images of his immediate family are also represented.  Several of the photos show Lincoln sitting in the House of Representatives chair like the one for sale on this site.

Apparently our government is getting web-savvy.  The Library of Congress used Flickr to make the images available and they can be seen here.  Happy Birthday Abe.

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