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Lincoln for President

Lincoln for President
For President ABRAM LINCOLN.
For Vice President HANNIBAL HAMLIN.

Philadelphia: H.C. Howard, 1860
Woodcut or lithograph on linen
Prints & Photographs Division

In the 1860 presidential campaign, brightly colored banners, outrageous political cartoons, sentimental sheet music covers, and patriotic portraits were printed to win the vote. This bold campaign banner supports the candidacy of Abraham Lincoln during his first (and victorious) presidential campaign in 1860. The flag was meant to hang like a banner, so that Lincoln's face could be read vertically. The printer liberally changed the spelling of Lincoln's first name ("Abram") to accommodate his design. The Library has a rich collection of graphic political ephemera, some of which has come through copyright deposit.

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