Thursday, February 12, 2009

The bicenntennial of Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln would have been 200 today. I love this photograph taken in February 1865, about two months before he was shot on April 15th, which is one of many Lincoln photographs from the commons at Flickr.

The hair style is not the usual Lincoln, but men's hairstyles were extremely fluid in the middle of the 19th Century as the fashion evolved from the clean-shaven Federal era to the long-flowing beards of the gilded age.

What strikes me here is that this particular haircut/beard wouldn't look out of place on any young man in New York City in 2009. So contemporary.

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