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Description of Pictures: Lincoln’s Slippers return to the Cottage!
July 29, 2019 - January 31, 2020
While Abraham Lincoln’s public image was defined by his signature stovepipe hat, his private, more casual nature is highlighted in the newest exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Meetings at the Cottage were often impromptu and informal, and Lincoln was known to greet guests while wearing carpet slippers. An original pair of Lincoln’s own slippers is on public display at President Lincoln’s Cottage from July 29, 2019 through January 31, 2020; the slippers are on loan from the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums in Fremont, OH.
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LINCSL_191010_10.JPG: Abraham Lincoln's Slippers
At the Soldiers' Home, Abraham Lincoln's public and private words often collided. While his public image was defined by his signature stovepipe hat, privately, President Lincoln was more casual.
Meetings at the Cottage were often impromptu and informal, and Lincoln was known to greet guests in his carpet slippers. Lincoln was wearing slippers -- possibly this very pair -- when he met with an English traveler named George Borrett in 1864. Borrett recalled that his "uneasiness and awe vanished" once he saw the president's laid back attire. Similarly, a group of army officers recorded their experience at the Cottage in 1863, noting that Lincoln's slipper's "made the flip-flop sounds on the stairs."
The Cottage served as the setting for some of Lincoln's most important decision making, but it was also a quiet retreat for a tired president. Today, the Cottage allows visitors to walk in Lincoln's slipper-covered footsteps to better understand Abraham Lincoln, the private man and president.
LINCSL_191010_28.JPG: They were selling versions of the slippers in the Cottage store.
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2019 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Trips this year:
a four-day jaunt to Massachusetts (Boston, Stockbridge, and Springfield) to experience rain in another state,
Asheville, NC to visit Dad and his wife Dixie,
four trips to New York City (including the United Nations, Flushing, and the New York Comic-Con), and
my 14th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con (including sites in Utah).
Number of photos taken this year: about 582,000.