New York: Macnabb Portraits, 1870s. Original photograph. Printed on the mount below the image is "Macnabb, 815 Broadway, N.Y." On the verso is a detailed drawing of a four-story brick building with "P. Kahler" on the top facia. On the level below is "Macnabb Portraits" in bold letters. On the windows are printed "Crayons A Specialty" and "815 Macnabbs Portrait Studio." Under a show window of shoes and boots is printed "P. Kahler, Broad Soled Shoes." Very Good. Item #040475
Macnabb's Portrait Studio flourished in the 1870s and 1880s. Perhaps more interesting, is Dr. P. Kahler, Surgeon & Chiropodist, who owned the building. In his 1892 book, "Important to Health and Comfort, Dress and Care of the Feet," Dr. Kahler includes this anedcote (pp. 38-40): "Abraham Lincoln was six feet and four inches in height, and had a very large foot. He knew the importance of proper clothing for the foot, and, hearing of Dr. P. Kahler, he sent for him and procured a pair of shoes made upon the Kahler last. At a recent session of the Health Association, the original model of Mr. Lincoln's foot as drawn by Dr. Kahler was exhibited. Visitors to the establishment of Dr. P. Kahler & Sons, 813-815 Broadway, can see the original order given by Mr. Lincoln for the admission of Dr. Kahler to the White House, in Washington, and the drawing of Mr. Lincoln's foot made from life by Dr. Kahler, from which his shoes were made."