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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Lincoln's hair

From the Library of Congress (no known copyright restrictions):


Notes: "The short haircut was perhaps suggested by Lincoln's barber to facilitate the taking of his life mask by Clark Mills. Lincoln knew from experience how long hair could cling to plaster." "An 1865 stereograph long attributed to Mathew Brady was actually taken by Lewis Emory Walker, a government photographer, about February 1865 and published for him by the E. & H. T. Anthony Co., of New York." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 198-9) (Link.)

I've seen this picture of Lincoln all over the place in semi-psychedelic colors, and I always assumed the hair was photoshopped to give him that punk look. Apparently, I was wrong. Good to know.

(Lincoln Section of the Library of Congress Blog.)

Posted by Marie at February 7, 2009 12:42 AM


And here's Abe with emo hair ...


Posted by: The ALO at February 7, 2009 8:57 AM

The Library of Congress maintains a FlickR site, too:


A lot of them are from the George Grantham Bain Collection. Afraid I had to look up who that was. Some real Americana there. I've been kinda engrossed in it all day. Love this one from Creede, CO:


Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at February 7, 2009 6:28 PM

Very interesting and much appreciated. Thanks, The ALO and Rob.

Posted by: Marie at February 8, 2009 1:34 AM

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