North Hall, A&I Building with Lincoln Exhibit Case

ID: SIA2009-0437

Creator: Unknown

Form/Genre: Photographic print

Date: c. 1928

Citation: Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 18, Folder 5

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The first case in the North Hall of the United States National Museum, now known as the Arts and Industries Building, holds busts of President Abraham Lincoln, casts of Lincoln's face and hands, a model of his patented invention, Lincoln's top hat and other memorabilia. On the west wall, in a case is the Star Spangled Banner. A portion of the wing of the Spirit of St. Louis plane, which was placed in the North Hall in May1928 and suspended from the ceiling, can be seen hanging over the cases. Also, on exhibit are pipes of a pipe organ. On the second floor are the iron railings of the galleries completed in 1903.


  • Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
  • Spirit of St. Louis (Airplane)
  • Arts and Industries Building North Hall
  • Arts and Industries Building
  • Star-Spangled Banner (Flag)
  • United States President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
  • United States National Museum


Historic Images of the Smithsonian


On May 22, 1849, Abraham Lincoln received Patent No. 6469 for a device to lift boats over shoals, an invention which was never manufactured. However, it did make him the only U.S. president to hold a patent. His scale model is displayed in the bottom section of the case.

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Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 285, Box 18, Folder 5

Contact information

Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


c. 1928

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  • Artifacts
  • Models (representations)
  • Busts
  • Exhibit cases
  • Inventions
  • Organs
  • Exhibitions
  • Galleries
  • Presidents
  • Presidents--Biography--Exhibitions
  • Models


United States


  • Photographic print
  • Interior
  • Exhibit

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Physical description

Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and white; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Exhibit; Interior; Medium: Photographic print

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