April 17, 2007

Abraham Lincoln - May 1860 - Decatur

20. Taken by Edward A. Barnwell in Decatur, IL on May 9, 1860. Note the spectacle cord extending into Lincoln's inside jacket pocket. Lincoln wore reading glasses for many years. He can be seen holding them in several photographs (see #71 and #109), but there is only one photograph of him wearing glasses (see #93). When Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865, he was carrying two pairs of glasses and a chamois cloth lens polisher.

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