Abraham Lincoln items from the Bill Nash Collection

Illinois Flip Calendar featuring A. Lincoln

Illinois Flip Calendar featuring A. Lincoln

Grant's Farm Flip Calender

Grant’s Farm Flip Calendar

 

 

Today I pulled a few items off my shelves to share on this post. The pictured collectables above known as “perpetual flip calendars.” They are made of metal. One simply rotates the side showing over to produce the correct date-once the date is set. I had a flip calendar as a teenager. My grandmother had gone to New Jersey and brought one home for me. Of course, thinking about that item now-I have no idea what happened to it.  It seems that flip calendars were very popular decades ago. I don’t know if they are still manufactured today. I suspect that the pair being showcased today are pretty old-maybe from the 50’s or 60’s? Maybe older. The Illinois flip calendar seems relatively rare. I love that it features Lincoln! The other one features Grant’s Farm in Missouri. I’ve never been there. I think the place is still open for tourists.

 

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Now for a weird item. See the pictures below. It is a pencil. Actually it’s a pencil disguised in a bullet with a commemorative Lincoln Tomb plate attached to it. I told you it was strange! Considering that Abraham Lincoln was killed by a weapon using a ball (akin to a bullet)-it might be thought to be a bit distasteful. Was that the idea? Is the pencil really some sort of twisted joke? Beats me. I just know it’s a bizarre item. I wondered where these bullets were made and sold? Anyway, take a look”:

 

The pencil bullet featuring the Lincoln Tomb plate

The pencil bullet featuring the Lincoln Tomb plate

 

Close-up of the Lincoln Tomb plate

 

The pencil bullet unsheathed.

The pencil bullet unsheathed.

 

 

Finally, a follow-up. My son Nathan Nash recently completed a pencil sketch of Abraham Lincoln. I purchased a frame for it and placed it proudly in my Lincoln room at home. See what you think:

 

The Nathan Nash drawing placed.

The Nathan Nash drawing placed.

 

 

 

 

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