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Contributed by: Colby College Special Collections
Date: circa 1830
Media: black and white photograph
Title: Abraham Lincoln engraving
Contributed by: Maine Historical Society
Date: circa 1865
Media: Ink on paper
Horace W. Shaylor, a native of Ohio, settled in Portland and turned his focus to handwriting, developing several unique books of handwriting instruction. He also was a talented artist.
Adorning oneself to look one's "best" has varied over time, gender, economic class, and by event. Adornments suggest one's sense of identity and one's intent to stand out or fit in.