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Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) with a Campaign Button
image: ca. 1920-1940; pin: ca. 1860; image
Maker not marked
USA
Print on paper mounted on card; tin with photograph
card: 9-1/4"h x 6-1/4"w x 1/2"d; pin: 7/8"dia x 1/8"h
Gift of Hilary Ann Fairbanks
82.49.2

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) campaign button and photograph; bust portrait of Abraham Lincoln (oval) mounted on card with tin campaign button; bust portrait of Lincoln on button (same images on both); button reads "Lincoln" on its frame.


Tokens like this one, with tintype portraits of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), were popular during the 1860 and 1864 presidential campaigns. Known as a "doughnut tintype," it was made to hang from a clasp or watch fob. Examples that show Lincoln cleanshaven date from the 1860 campaign; in 1864, he had a beard. Similar tokens with tintypes of vice presidential candidate Hannibal Hamlin (1809-1891) were also made.



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