The Earliest Photo of Lincoln

lincoln1848  Kaplan Lincoln

The photo on the left is the oldest known photo of Abraham Lincoln. It was donated by a Lincoln relative to the Library of Congress. Albert Kaplan bought a daguerreotype of a young man Kaplan believed could be a young Lincoln in 1840. Kaplan had the pic tested by experts who determined that it could well be the earliest known portrait of Lincoln. Lincoln who was several inches over six feet had lost forty pounds in the early 1840s, possibly as a result of a serious bout with depression. Both pictures have the disfiguration of his forehead Lincoln was known to have from being kicked by a horse and knocked unconscious.   Tomorrow, More Lincoln.  Rita Bay

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