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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

"Edwards boy at house where Lincoln died. 1920 or 1921." The ever enigmatic "Edwards boy" sees the sights in Washington. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Present day

Well, the boot scraper has gone (probably risk-assessed as a trip hazard, although there's not much mud in DC these days) and the sign has been replaced. Otherwise it's not very different.

Museum at Ford's

For those not living in D.C. - This is the Peterson House. It is still open for tours and managed by the National Park Service. Adjacent Ford's Theater in undergoing renovations until spring 2009. The museum's collection is not available for viewing by the public. Pictures are available at http://www.fordstheatre.org/about-us/museum.aspx

Admission

Thirty cents to get in? Let's go watch "Zorro" instead.

Have a Nice Trip

What is the wrought iron on the last step for? Looks like you would trip every time on it?

[It's a boot scraper. - Dave]

 
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