Earliest Photo of Abraham Lincoln's Dredge

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Image of President Abraham Lincoln's dredge model. The caption of the image reads, "Earliest known photo on record. Division of Political History.


  • Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) Division of Political History

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Image No. SIA2009-0450

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Capital Gallery, Suite 3000, MRC 507; 600 Maryland Avenue, SW; Washington, DC 20024-2520



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  • Models (representations)
  • Dredges
  • Models and modelmaking


Black-and-white photographs

Local number

SIA RU000285 [SIA2009-0450]

Physical description

10w x 8h

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