Thursday, April 5, 2012

Drink in the detail and behold

The Founding Fathers (and every other American soul prior to the mid 19th century) live in our minds as aging oil paintings or etchings. Their real-life appearance will forever elude us. Did a five o'clock shadow grace the jaws of Washington and Hamilton at day's end? Just how pink were Ben Franklin's jowls? Alas, we'll never know. Without photographs, these men will always be approximations drawn by our imagination. Not so with Mr. Lincoln. Pictured below are the president and Gen. George B. McClellan. Drink in the detail and behold:

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