The Abraham Lincoln Chair Being Uncrated after Shipment to Greenfield Village, January 1930

Summary

Henry Ford identified with self-made men who came from humble origins -- traits personified by Abraham Lincoln. In the late 1920s Ford began to acquire significant Lincoln-related artifacts including the chair in which President Lincoln had been sitting when he was shot. Ford clearly understood the chair's importance -- this rocker became a symbol of Lincoln's vision and personal sacrifice. Ford had the chair's arrival and unpacking filmed and photographed.

Henry Ford identified with self-made men who came from humble origins -- traits personified by Abraham Lincoln. In the late 1920s Ford began to acquire significant Lincoln-related artifacts including the chair in which President Lincoln had been sitting when he was shot. Ford clearly understood the chair's importance -- this rocker became a symbol of Lincoln's vision and personal sacrifice. Ford had the chair's arrival and unpacking filmed and photographed.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

06 January 1930

Subject Date

06 January 1930

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

64.167.188.P.1610

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.5 in

Width: 11 in

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