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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Looking for Lincoln Part 2

And finding him in unexpected places.

Most recently, Abe Lincoln showed up on some hundred dollar bills at Kohl's and K-Mart in Southern Illinois. It could be some people facing tough times are printing their own money. If so, times are so tough they obviously couldn't afford a real $100 bill to see whose picture to copy:

The bills looked like $100, police said, but had the picture of Abraham Lincoln instead of Benjamin Franklin. The woman was driven away in a white Chevrolet four-door vehicle. (Daily Egyptian: Counterfeit money being spent in Carbondale)

On the other hand, attention-getters who aren't in the throes of economic tragedy, and who don't mind being totally obnoxious on the road, will be delighted to learn that Ford-Lincoln-Mercury is coming out with a new luxury truck for 2006, the Lincoln Mark LT. Yes, a Lincoln pick-up truck. It tows up to 8,900 pounds, gets 15/19 miles per gallon, and retails for about $45,000.00.

Motor Trend has a little background on Henry Leland, the guy who started the Lincoln Motor Company:

Leland is one of the forgotten pioneers of the American auto industry. A perfectionist engineer who made a name for himself building the single-cylinder engine that powered Oldsmobiles in the early 1900s, Leland was instrumental in the founding of Cadillac, which he sold to GM in 1917, and in 1920 launched a new high-quality car named after a lifelong hero, the man for whom he'd voted: Abraham Lincoln.
Leland's timing was bad, however: His upscale Lincolns were launched just as the post-World War I recession started to bite, and within months the company was in financial trouble. Henry Ford snapped up Lincoln in a bankruptcy sale.

Finally, if it's a new day, there's sure to be a new book about Lincoln. This time Joshua Wolf Shenk examines how the 16th's president's depression drove him to success in "Lincoln's Melancholy." (Harvard Crimson: Was Abe's Depression a Boon?) I once heard that more books have been written about Lincoln than another person in history. I'm sure that's true.

Still looking.

Posted by Marie at October 19, 2005 12:56 AM


You know, that "wrong-guy-on-the-bill" scam is an old one that exploits the simple reality that most people aren't ordinarily thinking they're getting ripped off when cash changes hands and just don't look very closely. A long time ago here in Berkeley, I remember going into a drug store near campus that had a $20 bill on display -- with George Washington's portrait on it.

Posted by: Dan at October 20, 2005 12:06 PM