Abe Lincoln. What a guy.  Hey, in the bottom image, if you can tell me what the significance of the penny is to KHT, shoot me an email. You could win a nifty KHT prize!   :)))

Each year about this time, we pause to honor and remember our past Presidents. For me, that best falls on George and Abe. Much has been written about these gentlemen – George’s time as a farmer, soldier and commander and his unlikely path to the presidency and Abe’s gradual climb to the top after so many setbacks.  I enjoyed reading about both of them, their ability to overcome obstacles and yep … and you guessed it, solving those PIA (Pain In The @%$) Jobs! Like many people, I’m still amazed by Abe Lincoln – his upbringing, determination, and problem-solving ability.  Stoic. Steadyhanded. Never give up or give in attitude. And still one of the best speechwriters ever.  Here’s some fun info about him, a little history, and a whole lot of respect.  Thanks to Wikipedia, Google, Microsoft and alamy.com for the insights and info.  Enjoy.

Abraham Lincoln earned the nickname “Railsplitter” due to his early career as a rail-splitter. The term refers to the manual labor job of splitting wooden rails from logs, which were then used in the construction of fences.

The narrative of Lincoln as a rail-splitter was intended to highlight him as a hardworking, honest, and rugged individual who understood the challenges faced by ordinary Americans.

While Lincoln’s rail-splitting days were in his youth and represented a small part of his overall life experience, the symbolism became a powerful and enduring aspect of his political persona.
In 1858, Lincoln engaged in a series of famous debates with Stephen A. Douglas during their campaign for the U.S. Senate seat in Illinois. Although Lincoln lost the election, these debates raised his national profile and set the stage for his presidential run in 1860. Read more

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected sixteenth president of the United States. He won as “The Railsplitter” candidate. He was the tallest President, at 6 feet, 4 inches and he had the largest feet of any President, at a size 14. Consequently, Lincoln’s political opponents frequently took absurd shots at his appearance:

Lincoln took it all with characteristic good humor and was not above the occasional self-deprecating joke. He once recounted a story in which someone called him a “self-made man,” to which he replied, “Well, all I’ve got to say is that it was a damned bad job.” And when Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas called him “two-faced” in a debate, Lincoln famously replied, “If I had another face, do you think I’d wear this one?”

In a letter from a supporter that led to him becoming the first fully bearded President, an 11-year-old named Grace Bedell saw a poster of a clean-shaven Lincoln that her father brought home from a county fair and decided she needed to encourage the candidate to go for a glow-up. Bedell wrote Lincoln, “I have yet got four brothers and part of them will vote for you any way and if you let your whiskers grow, I will try and get the rest of them to vote for you. He ultimately grew out his beard after being elected President in November 1860. Just a few months later, Lincoln met Bedell when his train tour stopped in New York and let her know that she was behind his makeover: “You see,” Lincoln told her, “I let these whiskers grow for you, Grace.”

The stovepipe hat was one of Lincoln’s signature accessories, and the final hat he ever wore is now kept at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The top hat helped the President tower over crowds even more than he naturally did, but the adornment wasn’t just used for looks: The President actually kept documents in the hat while he was wearing it. According to some historians, the phrase “keep it under your hat” — meaning to keep something secret — comes from Lincoln’s habit. (how cool -now you know!!).

In May 1849, right after the end of his term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Lincoln was granted a patent for “adjustable buoyant air chambers,” which were meant to help buoy boats over shoals. He got the idea from his time working as a ferryman, when on two different occasions he was on a riverboat that got stuck after running aground on the Mississippi River., Lincoln remains the only U.S. President ever to receive a patent.

Lincoln is probably best known for issuing the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, which declared that all slaves in Confederate states “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free.” This was a significant step towards the abolition of slavery.

Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, while attending a play at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. He died the following day, making him the first U.S. president to be assassinated.

Throughout his political career, Lincoln adhered to a set of principles and beliefs, including a commitment to justice and equality, during his time as a lawyer and beyond. His stance on issues such as slavery reflected his moral convictions, and he maintained his honesty in advocating for these principles.  His legacy as a leader, emancipator, and the preserver of the Union continues to be celebrated in American history.

Enjoy President’s Day.




Me, too.

As you may know the Kowalski Heat Treating logo finds its way
into the visuals of my Friday posts.
I.  Love.  My.  Logo.
One week there could be three logos.
The next week there could be 15 logos.
And sometimes the logo is very small or just a partial logo showing.
But there are always logos in some of the pictures.
So, I challenge you, my beloved readers, to count them and send me a
quick email with the total number of logos in the Friday post.
On the following Tuesday I’ll pick a winner from the correct answers
and send that lucky person some great KHT swag.
So, start counting and good luck!  
Oh, and the logos at the very top header don’t count.
Got it? Good.  :-))))
Have fun!!


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