Abraham Lincoln Detroit Branch Public Library

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a library branch anywhere, much less in Detroit, would be named for Abraham Lincoln. After all, we all grew up hearing how young Abraham loved to read. He read just about anything, anywhere, and at any time. He read by firelight. He read out in the farm field. His father thought him lazy for his reading habit. He read on the job. He read history, poetry, the Bible, and many other subjects. As a would-be lawyer he was virtually self-taught. He liked to read out loud. Maybe it the influence of his attending “blab-school.”  Lincoln became an inspiration for generations of young readers ever since his day. It continues.

The Lincoln Branch of the Detroit Public Library is located on East Seven Mile Road near I-75. Many Detroiters, I’m sure, never heard of it. It opened in 1951 dedicating itself to the honor of Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States. It is still, in 2011, an active library.

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4 Responses to “Abraham Lincoln Detroit Branch Public Library”

  1. B. Nash says:

    Dave: I didn’t know that. I understand what you’re saying but basically aren’t the later works based on the Pelzer model?

  2. Lincolnphotog says:

    No actually, Pelzer only did the first one in New Jersey in around 1898. He went back to Italy and JHohn Segesman redid the Lincoln later when Mullins started selling them around the time that the Lincoln Highway was starting up.
    I have documentation on this in the form of a letter from Segesman. The books written in the 1950’s were not aware of Segeman.
    Personally, Pelzer’s first one was the superior work. Much better likeness of Lincoln.
    Segeman’s pieces are very similar but different enough that if you compare Pelzer’s to them you can tell the difference.

  3. B. Nash says:

    Isn’t that statue by Pelzer?

  4. Lincolnphotog says:

    HEre is a link to a photo I took of the Lincoln statue by Joihn Segesman that resides at one of the public libraries in Detroit.


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