Lincoln as a Rail Splitter

This postcard was sent in 1910 from Brooklyn, NY to New Jersey (check the postmark and 1 cent stamp). The description on back reads, “Abraham Lincoln as a Rail Splitter. In his autobiography of 1860, Lincoln, writing in the third person, says: “Here they built a log cabin . . . and made sufficient of rails to fence ten acres of ground . . . though these are far from being the first or only rails ever made by Abraham.” When he reached his majority he left home, and one of the first pieces of work he did was “to split 400 rails for every yard of brown jeans dyed with white walnut bark that would be necessary to make him a pair of trousers.” Lincoln as a Rail Splitter back
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