03.02.2019 Bearded, Beardless and Growing Beard Lincoln and Look-alikes

A look-alike, double,or doppelgänger is a person, real or fictitious, who closely resembles another person — respectively, real or fictitious — in appearance:

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most popular political figures of all time and many men have adopted a general appearance similar to their model, since his inauguration in 1861 and even more so after the 1865 attack.

When looking for Lincoln portraits, many collectors meet look-alikes.

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most popular political figures of all time and many men have adopted a general appearance similar to their model, since his inauguration in 1861 and even more so after the 1865 attack.

When looking for Lincoln portraits, many collectors meet look-alikes.

Lincoln bearded look-alikes are numerous. They are all posterior to 1861, as Lincoln grew his beard for the first time in his life after his election and on the way to his inauguration.

Collectors have searched also for beardless Lincoln portraits, meaning pre-1860. Only two beardless look-alikes have been publicly suggested in a century ofavid investigation.

 

Lincoln growing whiskers portraits, November 1860-February 1861

“… Lincoln apparently decided he was not attractive enough. And for once in his life, he did something about it. For the first time, he began cultivating a beard. The story goes that, one day, as his barber William Florville prepared to give him his customary shave, Lincoln stopped him. — “Billy,” he reportedly said, “let’s give them a chance to grow!” — The result transformed Lincoln.” (Harold Holzer, Lincoln President-Elect, page 84)

“Old Abe looks as though the campaign had worn lightly upon him. He is commencing to raise a beautiful pair of whiskers, and looks younger than usual. Still there is no disguising the fact that he is homely” (Lexington Globe, 22 November 1860) …

Recently appeared what was considered one more Lincoln Look-alike : growing whiskers and wearing poor cloths, c. 1860 or before (as a dag).

This growing beard look-alike portrait is earlier or contemporary with the President-elect himself growing his beard.

Most or all of Lincoln’s look-alikes do not look alike. Did Lincoln ever had a look alike ?

Could the daguerreian portrait not be a look-alike?

Did the President-elect wear poor cloths ?

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