Creator:
Lincoln's New Salem Enterprises, Inc.
Location:
Illinois, Petersburg
Origin Date:
1980
Materials:
paper
Measurements:
overall: 3 1/2 in x 5 1/2 in
Item ID:
71.2009.083.1610
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 the grave of Ann Rutledge (1813-1835) in Oakland Cemetery in Petersburg, Illinois. A poem by Edgar Lee Masters is engraved on the granite monument at the head of the grave. Her name is engraved on the small native stone at the foot of the grave. A fence surrounds the grave and nearby tree. The postcard reverse is divided vertically with narrative text on the left side. A handwritten note in blue ink is signed "Bob" and addressed toAlice O'Reilly of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The postmark is dated 1980. Ann met Abraham Lincoln when he moved to New Salem, Illinois, in 1831. Oral tradition alleges that Abraham and Ann became romantically involved and that he was devastated when she died from typhoid fever. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum