Lincoln Parade Transparency, 1860

This three-sided transparency was originally illuminated from inside by a small oil lamp and carried in campaign parades.
By the middle of the 1800s, spectacular events became the hallmark of American presidential campaigns, and a highlight of every election was the torchlight parade. Hoping to inspire the most apathetic voter to cast a ballot for their candidate, hundreds if not thousands of marchers in cities across the country brightened the night sky in the evenings leading up to the election. Lincoln supporters organized torchlight parades throughout the North during the 1860 campaign.
Gift of Mrs. Robert A. Hubbard, 1961
Currently not on view
Object Name
associated person
Lincoln, Abraham
Physical Description
fabric (overall material)
paint (overall material)
wood (frame material)
assembled each side: 27 1/2 in x 27 1/2 in x 21 1/2 in; 69.85 cm x 69.85 cm x 54.61 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Government, Politics, and Reform
Political Campaigns
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
See more items in
Political History: Political History, Campaign Collection
Selections from the Abraham Lincoln Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Related Publication
Rubenstein, Harry R.. Abraham Lincoln: An Extraordinary Life
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