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"Uncle Abe’s valentine sent by Columbia."

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper's William Newman played with the proximity of a popular holiday to a significant event in U.S. history in this cartoon published in mid-February 1865. Appearing shortly after Valentine's Day, the cartoon celebrated the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and the abolition of slavery on January 31 as a welcome holiday greeting to a delighted president.

Creator: William Newman

Date: February 25, 1865

Publisher: Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper

Source: The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Library of Congress