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Abraham Lincoln Series of Commemorative Cacheted Covers

Poor Richard Press
Illinois, Cook County, Chicago
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overall: 11 5/8 in x 9 3/8 in x 2 1/2 in
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Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum
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Three-dimensional Objects


This red-leather, gilt-trimmed album holds eleven leaves each having two envelopes with the top flap removed pasted to each side. Inserted into each pasted envelope is a commemorative cacheted first-day cover commemorating an event in the life of Abraham Lincoln from the year 1839. There are a total of 42 covers included in the album. Each cover has a head and shoulders portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the top left corner with adjacent text beginning with "One Hundred Years Ago, On..." The text continues with the date and the event being commemorated on that particular cover. Below the text on each cover is a color illustration relating to the event. A canceled one-cent stamp is in the top right corner of each cover with the recipient's address below. Each envelope is postmarked by the post office where the event took place and with the anniversary date exactly 100 years later. An insert with explanatory text concerning the event being commemorated is included in each cover. A paper sleeve is pasted to the center of the first page after the marbled front fly leaf into which is inserted an introductory pamphlet for the series, an order form, and a card with a map of the Eighth Judicial District as it was in 1939. The front cover of the album features a half-length portrait lithograph of Abraham Lincoln done from a photograph taken of him on February 27, 1860, in New York. Part of the Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection, courtesy of the Indiana State Museum