Physical Object from May. 1, 1865

Children's Block Set

  • Full Title

    Parlor Monuments, to the Illustrious Dead

  • Description

    This child's block set was most likely produced in August 1865 and was manufactured by the firm of Oakley and Mason of New York. The storage box is made of wood, is painted green, and has a sliding cover decorated with a lithograph image of Justice above a pair of oval portraits of Lincoln and George Washington. The set contains 24 wooden blocks decorated with patriotic images and words. The blocks can be assembled into three different "monuments" using an accompanying guide-sheet: the Children's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, the Freedman's Monument to Abraham Lincoln, and the National Monument to Abraham Lincoln. Each block is 2.25 inches high, 1 inch wide, and 1 inch deep. Only two sets are known to exist anywhere, and it is likely that only a small number were made. Copyright searches in New York for the period 1865-1880 have not revealed any information on this item.

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  • Rights

    Use of this item for research, teaching and private study is permitted with proper citation and attribution, as defined here. Reproduction of this item for publication, broadcast or commercial use requires written permission. For permission, please contact the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum of Lincoln Memorial University, Harrogate, TN.

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  • Cite this Item

    Manufactured by the firm of Oakley and Mason of New York. "Parlor Monuments, to the Illustrious Dead". Remembering Lincoln. Web. Accessed April 22, 2024.