Thinkin’ about Lincoln.
Is that you, Abe? The mystery of what could be the earliest known photograph of Lincoln has captivated my afternoon…
“In 1977 Albert Kaplan purchased the daguerreotype receipted as Portrait of a Young Man from an art gallery in New York. ‘When I first saw it I thought that there were similarities between the handsome, aristocratic, and tastefully groomed young man of the daguerreotype, and my mental image of President Lincoln.’”
The trauma-induced deformations of Lincoln’s face, distinctly describedby Dr. Kempf, are seen unmistakably in the Kaplan daguerreotype,providing in themselves compelling evidence in support of thedaguerreotype’s authenticity.”
Read all about the compelling daguerreotype, here.
While you’re at it, print your own hi-res portrait of Mr. Lincoln over at the Library of Congress.