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Illustration of Newly Elected Lincoln, 1860

Until the 1870s, newspapers lacked the technology to publish photos. To create illustrations such as this one of Lincoln, artisans carved "woodcut" designs into blocks of wood, which were then set with page type for printing.

  • Type
    Newspaper
  • Source
    Harper's Weekly
  • Copyright
    Public domain

Harper's Weekly based this illustration of President Lincoln on a photograph by Mathew Brady, the portrait photographer who documented the Civil War and paved the way for photojournalism.

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