Happy Birthday, Abe

Abraham Lincoln's Home in Springfield, Ill., is the only home Lincoln ever owned. This was the preacher's home when Lincoln married Mary Todd in 1842. Lincoln liked the home so much that he bought the home two years later for $1,500. In 1856 the full second story was added at a cost of $1,300. The Lincolns had one infant son, Robert, when they moved in and three more sons - Edward, William and Thomas - were born while they lived here. Edward also died here. The family lived in the home from May, 1844 until they moved to the White House in February 1861. Curteichcolor 3-D Natural Color Reproduction.

When my grandson, Donnie Rand, was born nine years ago, I started a postcard collection of presidents and first ladies for him. My guess was, that no matter how much things changed, he would study the presidents in school. I wanted to make American history fun for him by helping him learn about the unique personalities of each president and first lady as well as the contributions each made to our country.

Since he lives in Kentucky, the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln, I’ve assembled his Lincoln album in time for the year long bicentennial celebration of Lincoln’s birth which begins in February, 2008.

For complete details about Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission events, visit www.lincolnbicentennial.gov.

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Abraham Lincoln was born in a log cabin in Kentucky on February 12, 1809. Published by The Kyle Co. of Louisville, Ky.

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Lincoln’s birthplace is preserved inside this granite memorial at Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site near Hodgenville, Ky. KY87A in Scenic and Historic Kentucky Kodachrome Series

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The Lincoln family moved to Indiana in 1816. The Lincoln Historical Farm at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Ind., recreates the farm life the Lincolns experienced. Chrome postcard by Walter H. Miller Co. of Williamsburg, Va.

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Lincoln’s mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died in 1818 at age 34 after eating a poisonous white snakeroot plant. She is buried at the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial. Hoosier Series made by Souvenir Post Card Mfg. Co. of Rockford, Ill.

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In 1830 Lincoln moved to Illinois and worked as a rail splitter before he became a lawyer. Early American Postcards series from the paintings of J. L. G. Ferris. Copyright 1972 by Paw Paw Plastics Laminating Service in Paw Paw, Mich.

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