Monday, February 25, 2013

$100,000 Reward!

Just a nod to last night's Oscar (Academy Award) nominees. A current rare documents exhibit at Firestone Library includes this 1865 "Wanted" poster for John Wilkes Booth and conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln: "The Murderer of our late beloved President, Abraham Lincoln, is still at large."

15 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That was a lot of money...

Peter said...

Very timely, sadly all the Aussies at the Oscars came away without the main prize.

llandudnopictures said...

That's a real piece of history!

llandudnopictures said...

That's a real piece of history!

a.s.m. said...

Un documento histórico muy oportuno, buena idea.
Un saludo, Ángel

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So relevant Lulu. That's quite a sum for those days. Did they ever find out who murdered him? (I know I should know!)

LONDONLULU said...

Yes, a lot of money then (Peter, the race was a close one this year! PerthDailyPhoto, yup it was John Wilkes Booth in the end, a disgruntled actor to put it mildly! They managed to catch him within 2 weeks or so.)

William Kendall said...

I finished re-reading Manhunt by James Swanson recently. Quite a story to the search for Booth and his associates!

And yes, that was a tremendous amount of money. In the end, the reward money did get divided up into pieces.

Catherine said...

I love how the poster refers to Lincoln as "our late beloved President"... I so want to the movie!! (this wanted poster though is a bit creepy to me)...

BaysideLife said...

A timely exhibit. A great piece of history. And from the War Department!

Randy said...

Nice piece of history.

Norma Beishir said...

This is fascinating--thank you, Lulu!

Adele said...

So interesting! I didn't remember that it took that long to catch him. (Shame on me...). I think I'll have to read "Manhunt."

EG CameraGirl said...

An interesting bit of history.

LOLfromPasa said...

I am gradually catching up with my blog reading, Lulu! This one is a gem. Amazing that a poster can make such a terrific photo :).