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Indiana State Fair ribbon

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overall: 8 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Light green or blue silk ribbon is stamped with gold and black images and text. An illustration of a bushel of wheat, a plow, and a sickle is printed at the top. "Indiana State Fair/1855" is stamped below. "Jno Wilkins" is handwritten in blue ink, followed by "A Member of the State Agricultural Society" printed in gold ink in the center of the ribbon. A basket of flower blossoms and "Indiana State Board of Agriculture" are printed at the bottom. This ribbon is part of the John E. Wilkins collection. To see excerpts from John Wilkins' diary, and other related Wilkins artifacts, go to the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection website and search for the John E. Wilkins curated grouping of artifacts titled "A Civil War Soldier: John E. Wilkins of Vigo County, Indiana" or copy and paste the following URL into a browser: http://www.lincolncollection.org/collection/curated-groupings/category/john-e-wilkins/ Several more items from Wilkins' military service are in this collection: Zouave jacket, 71.2009.082.0522; Officer's sash, 71.2009.082.0700; Epaulets, 71.2009.082.0715; Part of a sword belt, 71.2009.082.0716; Belt and buckle, 71.2009.082.0717; Mess kit spoon, 71.2009.082.0719; Civil War blanket pin, 71.2009.082.0718; Wadsworth Pipe razor, 71.2009.082.0720a-c; Morely & Sons Silver Steel Razors 71.2009.082.0721a-c; Crepe worn during Lincoln's funeral events, 71.2009.082.0048; John E. Wilkins photograph taken later in life, LN-2595; 1860 Indiana State Fair ribbon, 71.2009.082.0209; Three volume diary and other paper artifacts are housed at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Part of The Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum