Rise of the Rail Splitter


Lincoln & Hamlin. Ward 6. [Massachusetts] Republican Ticket. Boston: Wright and Potter, 1860.

This Lincoln and Hamlin ballot from Massachusetts represents another form of contemporary political printing.  Ballots such as this one were usually produced by political parties and distributed by party workers at polling places.  The ballot was folded by the voter and placed into a box.  Besides their use as a voting tool, ballots also served as an advertisement for the candidates and political parties—and another venue for circulating images of candidates.  

Lincoln Collection   The William Whiting Nolen Collection of Lincolniana.