Lincoln's Pocket Watch: A Real National Treasure

Lincoln's Pocket Watch: A Real National Treasure

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Abraham Lincoln's pocket watch, a real-life national treasure, has been discovered to contain a secret message scrawled on its inner workings that dates back to the outbreak of the American Civil War.

Lincoln's pocket watch was supposedly being repaired by Jonathan Dillion, a watchmaker based in Washington D.C., when the attack on Fort Sumter, South Carolina, took place, marking the start of the Civil War. Dillon told his children, and later a New York Times reporter, that when he heard the news he opened the watch and inscribed his name, the date and a brief message, then reassembled it and send it back to the White House. Lincoln never knew of the message.

The watch was handed down following Lincoln's death until, non-functional once again, it found its way to the Smithsonian Institute in 1958. Dillon's story, meanwhile, was also passed down through generations of his family, including to his great-great grandson Douglas Stiles, now an Illinois real estate attorney. Stiles had been told the tale when he was young but didn't take it seriously until he discovered the New York Times article from 1906 in which Dillon related the same story himself. He contacted the Smithsonian to tell them about the family legend and hopefully discover if there was any truth to it.

There was. On March 10, expert watchmaker George Thomas very gently took apart the watch to expose the brass workings and the message contained inside, broken into three parts to get around the gears inside: "Jonathan Dillon April 13, 1861. Fort Sumter was attacked by the rebels on the above date. Thank God we have a government."

The message didn't match exactly with Dillon's recollection; he had related it to his family as the slightly more poetic, "The first gun is fired. Slavery is dead. Thank God we have a President who at least will try." But the discovery of the truth was more than enough for a "delighted" Stiles, who said, "That's Lincoln's watch and my ancestor wrote graffiti on it!"

Who says history is dull?

Source: The Watchismo Times, via Boing Boing

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Of course Lincoln's pocket watch is the key...

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This is awesome just because it parodies all of the political propagandist textbooks that are supposed to give me pride about my country, but inevitably made me resort to cynicism the moment I read "Lies my TEACHER told me" and so I've resorted to believe no one except maybe people outside of America.

Back when I did a lot of time traveling, I was often short on note paper. Notes to Myself like this crop up all over the place, it seems.

But seriously, that guy is happy for the right reasons, at least. Graffiti from his ancestors!

Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

That's pretty crazy that no one ever actually knew about it

This is obviously a clue to some sort of hidden presidential treasure.

Indigo_Dingo:
Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

Probably around 100 caps. He gave me 50 for Lincoln's hat.

ygetoff:
This is obviously a clue to some sort of hidden presidential treasure.

Indigo_Dingo:
Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

Probably around 100 caps. He gave me 50 for Lincoln's hat.

Sell it to Abraham Washington in Rivet City. Not only will he give you more, but the museum there is better defended, more comprehensive, and probably has better climate control for artifact preservation. Trying to enthusiastically promote another museum just to focus on slavery is crazy talk.

Does it open the memorial to reveal a moat of lava protecting the original peanut butter recipe?

ygetoff:
This is obviously a clue to some sort of hidden presidential treasure.

Indigo_Dingo:
Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

Probably around 100 caps. He gave me 50 for Lincoln's hat.

Fucker. The stuff is worth millions, and he gives me the same amount I could find in a drawer somehwere?

why would they break it open???

Indigo_Dingo:

ygetoff:
This is obviously a clue to some sort of hidden presidential treasure.

Indigo_Dingo:
Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

Probably around 100 caps. He gave me 50 for Lincoln's hat.

Fucker. The stuff is worth millions, and he gives me the same amount I could find in a drawer somehwere?

When you try to get him to give you more, he whines about being poor.

ygetoff:

Indigo_Dingo:

ygetoff:
This is obviously a clue to some sort of hidden presidential treasure.

Indigo_Dingo:
Wonder what Hannibal Hamlin will give me for it now

Probably around 100 caps. He gave me 50 for Lincoln's hat.

Fucker. The stuff is worth millions, and he gives me the same amount I could find in a drawer somehwere?

When you try to get him to give you more, he whines about being poor.

Which is exactly why its a better idea just to turn the cheap, no good, runaway over to the slavers, get 100 caps for his corpse, and sell everything but Lincoln's Repeater over to Abraham Washington for a reasonable price.

pyromcr:
why would they break it open???

They didn't break it open, they brought it an expert to disassemble it precisely so it wouldn't be broken.

That's awesome.

But seriously, why, why do people think that those living in the past were that different from us? Sure, they didn't have internet and all the porn, but they were still people. They weren't some kind of honourable and awesome ancestors they like to picture in textbooks and such. They were the same people, the same optimists and pessimists, cynics and believers, and all that.

We have internet and other easily noticeable forms of showing such human nature. They didn't have as much, but overall, they were the same assholes as us.

pyromcr:
why would they break it open???

Watches are designed to open. That's how Dillon wrote in there in the first place.

Gormourn:
That's awesome.

But seriously, why, why do people think that those living in the past were that different from us? Sure, they didn't have internet and all the porn, but they were still people. They weren't some kind of honourable and awesome ancestors they like to picture in textbooks and such. They were the same people, the same optimists and pessimists, cynics and believers, and all that.

We have internet and other easily noticeable forms of showing such human nature. They didn't have as much, but overall, they were the same assholes as us.

If they were the same as us he would have drawn a dick in there. Maybe wearing a stovepipe hat.

CUnk:

If they were the same as us he would have drawn a dick in there. Maybe wearing a stovepipe hat.

Plus the words "PENIS! PWN'D, sir President!"

Year: 2234
Location: Ruins of the White House
We found a strange artifact in the ruins. According to the data we acquired, it was a "blackberry" that belonged to president Obama. We found a strange message in it:
"Damn it Michelle, I can't get pass that level in Boom Blox."

We can only wonder what it means.

 

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