1. Creator/Author:
  2. Brown & Bigelow (16)

The Rail Splitter

Creator:
Brown & Bigelow
Location:
Minnesota, St. Paul
Origin Date:
1915
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 5 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.1016
Holding Institution:
Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
Available for Viewing:
No
Category:
Cartoons, Broadsides & Ephemera

Description

This postcard is an advertisement for the Mutual Telephone Company. The image on the front is a reproduction of a painting by artist W. H. Lister depicting a young, beardless Abraham Lincoln splitting rails. Young Lincoln is shown resting his left hand on the handle of an axe and holding a book in his right hand. His right foot is resting on the log. A pile of split rails is in the background. A January, 1916, calendar is printed near the bottom edge of the postcard. The postcard reverse is divided. Advertising text is printed on the left side. The postcard is addressed to M. Haverstick. The Erie, Pennsylvania, postmark is dated December 24, 1915. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum