Bluebook/Feb. 1955, featuring The Day Lincoln Was Shot

Bluebook Cover, Feb. 1955

Bluebook Cover, Feb. 1955

Close-up of Lincoln face from portrait by artist Richard Cardiff

Close-up of Lincoln face from portrait by artist Richard Cardi

 

The front of the article in Bluebook. Illustration of Lincoln by George Garland & William Bryant

The front of the article in Bluebook. Illustration of Lincoln by George Garland & William Bryant

Drawing of the weapon used by Booth

Drawing of the weapon used by Booth

 

I stumbled on this Bluebook magazine in an antique store. I had never heard of the publication before;  have you?  From looking through it’s pages, it appears that it featured interesting stories-including excerpts of books-sort of like Readers Digest. I did a quick search online to try and discover any information on the publication but I didn’t find anything. At any rate, this particular issue featured a condensed version of Jim Bishop’s The Day Lincoln Was Shot.  The cover portrait of Lincoln is quite good. Inside the magazine, readers had the opportunity to purchase a print of the artwork by artist Richard Cardiff for fifty cents! The reproduction offered- measured 11 by 14 inches. The fifty cents was to be mailed to an address in Dayton, Ohio. Boy, I would love to have one of those prints now! Also, the publication information inside the magazine states that Bluebook was published by McCall Corporation. The excerpts from Bishop’s book contain some illustrations in the magazine not shown on this posting. Since the publication of the magazine was February 1955, one has to pause to reflect that Abraham Lincoln had been deceased less than a hundred years at that time. My guess is that Bishop’s book had a huge impact on getting people to think about Lincoln. It was such a neat idea (and still is)- to chronicle Lincoln’s last hours the way Mr. Bishop did.  It was one of the first books about the Lincoln assassination that I read as a youngster. I still recommend the book today-“warts and all” (yes, there are some minor “warts”).  If anyone has any additional information on the history of Bluebook or artist Richard Cardiff, please share!

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One Response to “Bluebook/Feb. 1955, featuring The Day Lincoln Was Shot”

  1. Linda Dorety says:

    I have one of the prints by Cardiff. So good to hear the story on it.
    Thank you.

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