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Abraham Lincoln Statue at New Salem State Park

Creator:
Curteich
Location:
Illinois, Chicago
Origin Date:
1960-1968
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 5 7/16 in x 3 7/16 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.1409
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Cartoons, Broadsides & Ephemera

Description

This color postcard features a heroic size bronze statue of Abraham Lincoln depicting him in his 20s when he was living in New Salem, Illinois, from 1832-1837. The statue is by sculptor Avard Fairbanks and stands at the hilltop entrance to the reconstructed village in New Salem State Park near Petersburg, Illinois. The statue, which shows Lincoln in the clothes typical of a pioneer with an axe in his left hand and a book in his right hand, represents the period in his life when Lincoln was turning away from earning his living through physical labor with the axe of the frontiersman to studying law. The reverse is divided in half vertically with a brief message to "Granny" from Bob on the left half and the recipient's address on the right half. It was postmarked in Manchester, Illinois, in 1968 and has a 5-cent stamp in the upper right corner. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum