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Cabinet Card
c 1885

Lincoln Home parlors set up as a “cabinet of curiousities.”

After Lincoln’s death, the house was rented to various tenants.  One renter, Osborn Oldroyd, was a collector of Lincoln items.  He set up a museum of his Lincoln items in the parlors of the house and charged visitors a quarter.  He also sold this photo card as a souvenir.  This upset Robert Lincoln, who removed Oldroyd from the house and gave the home to the State of Illinois in 1887 with a stipulation that it had to be free to visitors. 

Paper, cardboard. H 10, W 17.8 cm
Lincoln Home National Historic Site, LIHO 9457