Fri, 06 Feb 2009 09:10:56 -0600

The general webby reaction to our pilot project with Flickr, which launched “The Commons,” has been rather Oliver Twist-like: “More, please!”
We started with thousands of Bain news
photos from the 1910s and color images from the 1930s and 1940s (a project of the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information). For Veterans Day — previously known as “Armistice Day” — we added some rare panoramas from World War I. More recently, we added some breathtaking “photochrom” travel views.

Now, in honor of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th birthday — and in advance of our blockbuster
Lincoln exhibit (which opens to the public with special hours Feb. 12 from 5 to 9 p.m.) — our fabulous curators have uploaded a new set of 22 photos of Lincoln or related to our 16th president.

The set includes the earliest known photo of Lincoln (daguerreotype), which was taken in 1846 or 1847. There are other unique and iconic images of Lincoln, his family, and even his funeral procession.

More Lincoln imagery from the Library’s online collections can be found here.

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