LINCOLN, Abraham (1809-1865). GERMAN, C. S., photographer, after. Photograph portrait, 20th-century reprint from the original 1861 glass negative. Springfield, IL: Herbert Georg Studio, [ca 1941?].
Matte-finish photograph, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 in, on original mount (mount visible area 441 x 314 mm). Pencil annotation on mount, reading: "German-Butler-McNulty photograph of Abraham Lincoln from original negative made in Springfield in 1861 Owned by Herbert Wells Fay." Provenance: Dr. J. C. Newell (gift inscriptions, see below).
INSCRIBED BY LINCOLN COLLECTOR HERBERT WELLS FAY AND BY LINCOLN FAMILY FRIEND ISAAC R. DILLER: "To Dr. J. C. Newell With the compliments of one collector to another. Springfield May 7 1941. HW Fay Custodian Lincoln Tomb." -- "To Dr. J.C. Newell - Congratulations and best wishes from the only living person ever taken in a picture with Abraham Lincoln. May 7th 1941 Springfield, Illinois Isaac R. Diller." Fay, an avid collector of Lincolniana, owned 90 photographic portraits of Lincoln, and was custodian of the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Springfield. Diller, the son of Lincoln's pharmacist Roland Weaver Diller, appeared in two Lincoln family photographs taken in the Lincolns' Springfield home in the summer of 1860 while playing with Tad and Willie. A FINE ASSOCIATION.
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