Likenesses of Lincoln

Joe Nickell

in Real or Fake

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125343
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135229 | DOI:
Likenesses of Lincoln

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This chapter examines what would prove to be the second-oldest known Lincoln photo. The original picture had been taken in 1854 but had perished in 1871 in the great Chicago fire. In other cases, the photographs were genuine originals but the question was whether the subject was actually Lincoln or a look-alike. It also presents the investigation on Albert Kaplan's picture of Lincoln and as the author and his colleague Iannarelli reported, it was definitely not that of Abraham Lincoln. Photographic expert Grant Romer determined Kaplan's daguerreotype was in its original leather-covered wooden case and was in good condition. Ostendorf's opinion was also sought regarding the authenticity of this daguerreotype. In conclusion, Kaplan's Lincoln does not depict Abraham Lincoln. The ear evidence, in particular, refutes the claim that the Kaplan daguerreotype is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln.

Keywords: Abraham Lincoln; Albert Kaplan; Chicago fire; daguerreotype; Grant Romer; Ostendorf; Iannarelli

Chapter.  3926 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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