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Political medallions, depicting ferrotypes of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin
Political medallions, depicting ferrotypes of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin
Resource Typeimage
TitlePolitical medallions, depicting ferrotypes of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin
Coverage / Year1860 to 1861; Middle Victorian United States
DescriptionHollow metal ring around ferrotype images of Abraham Lincoln and Hannibal Hamlin. Ring embossed with vine design, hole for hanging at top. Black and white ferrotypes, beardless Lincoln, both in dark suits, white shirts. Obverse: "Abraham Lincoln". Reverse: "Hannibal Hamlin". Diam 1 1/8" x H 1/8".
InterpretationPolitical medallions, and similar trinkets, were popular in American elections. Worn pinned to a lapel. Medallions like this one were used in both the 1860 and 1864 presidential campaign. The tradition died out with the increasing availability of the cheaper campaign button, and the later invention of a process to transfer photographic images to paper for newspapers and posters.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Antebellum Society and the Civil War; How we learn about communities
Learning Standards16 History
Author or CreatorUnknown
SourceTransferred from Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, Washington, D.C.
Subject / KeywordsLincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865; Political campaign; Communication; Artifact; Election; Jewelry; Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891;
Collection PublisherLincoln Home National Historic Site
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statementhttp://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc/conditions.htm
Resource IdentifierLIHO 6768
CONTENTdm file name5784151262003_6768.jpg
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