Abraham Lincoln Original 75-cent Ford’s Theatre Ticket

07 Nov

Original 75-cent Ford’s Theatre ticket, 3.5 x 2.25, printed on orange stock with a central image of three silver quarter-dollar coins. The text on the front reads: “Ford’s Theatre, Tenth Street, Erected A.D. 1863.” The reverse (now obscured by frame) bears a facsimile signature of Ford’s Theatre treasurer Harry Clay Ford, brother of theatre owner John T. Ford, and the acting manager of the theatre for the April 14, 1865, performance where President Lincoln was assassinated. Beautifully triple-suede-matted and framed with images and plaques to an overall size of 29.75 x 18.75. In very good condition, with creases, soiling, and rounded corners. This 75¢ ticket is said to be a ticket used by a theatre-goer on the evening of April 14, 1865.

According to Ford’s Theatre, ‘John T. Ford’s theatre on 10th Street was in its second season when the English actress and producer Laura Keene (1826-1873) opened a two-week engagement with Ford’s stock company that would conclude with a production of the British hit comedy ‘Our American Cousin.’ Keene would appear in the role of Florence Trenchard…The performance, scheduled for April 14th, would also be a ‘benefit’ for Keene (meaning that the house proceeds were reserved for her). By persuading President Lincoln to attend, Ford could use both the ‘benefit’ and Lincoln’s presence as lures to pack the theatre with playgoers. The tickets, costing 75 cents each and handed to ticket-taker John Buckingham in the lobby, would entitle the bearers to a seat in the first tier of the theatre, on the same level with the box the president would occupy that night.’ Oversized. RR Auction COA.

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