Abraham Lincoln Rocks the Bow Tie
The bow tie was still viewed as having a touch of class, however. It was and still is required at any formal “black-tie” affair. Movie heroes such as Fred Astaire and James Bond continued to give bow ties just a hint of cool and they have always been required wear for politicians. However they were still considered socially awkward to wear in most circumstances. Here you can see Abraham Lincoln rocking the bow tie in the 1860's.