Daniel Day-Lewis in 'Lincoln''
Sorry, Mr. Obama, but no president is arguably more popular right now than Abraham Lincoln.
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln,'' which focuses on the final months in office for the 16th president, is racking up all kinds of critical praise and is expected to be a heavy favorite when Oscars nominations are announced Thursday. Bay Park Cinema just brought the film back this weekend for another run.
Now the Neville Public Museum of Brown County is jumping on the Honest Abe bandwagon, too. It recently put on display one of only two signed photographs of Lincoln and his son Tad. Lincoln signed the 1864 photo "A. Lincoln & Son'' and gave it to his secretary Gustav Matile as a gift.
After Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, Matile worked as a lawyer in Minnesota and then served as U.S. Court Commissioner for Wisconsin's Eastern District in Green Bay. When Matile died in 1908, he gave the photograph to the Kellogg Public Library, where it was kept until sold to the Green Bay & De Pere Antiquarian Society in 2007.
The photo was made using paper coated with egg white and salt to make it light sensitive, printed under a negative, and then fixed and washed. Reproductions of it are common, but only two originals signed as such are known to exist.
The photo at the Neville, 210 Museum Place in Green Bay, will be on display until Feb. 28.