18 April 2011

Abraham Lincoln colorized portrait


From The Oval Office weblog of the White House Museum website.

7 comments:

  1. Wouldn't you think somebody would have suggested that he comb his hair and straighten his tie for the photo?

    He really was an odd-looking duck. His image is so familiar to us, we tend not ot notice. But it's even more striking with the colorization.

    --Swift Loris

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  2. What Swift Loris said. The color makes you kind of take a second/closer look at everything. Like his suit. Look at that thing, it's freaking beautiful. Where can I get a suit like that?

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  3. I never noticed (in the original of that photo) that he has something in his hands. Anyone know what it is? I don't know why I need to know so badly. :-)

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  4. I noticed that, too, when I looked at this version. The long thing in his right hand looked to me like the stem of glasses, and he did wear glasses -

    http://www.awesomestories.com/assets/abraham-lincoln-glasses-in-his-pocket

    Googling those words, I do find the photo labeled ""Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil" at Shorpy -

    http://www.shorpy.com/Abraham-Lincoln-1865

    This has probably been researched and reported somewhere, but I haven't found a definitive source. And why was the small thing at the fingertips colorized green? Does the guy at the White House history blog know something?

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  5. Addendum - the Library of Congress entry for the photo does include the words "spectacles" and "pencil."

    http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/98504569/

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  6. Even uglier in color.

    It's been suggested that he may have had Marfan syndrome. His looks caused the speculation, which is why I'm mentioning it.

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