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Dimensions4595 x 5262
Original file size9.87 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceUncalibrated
Date modified10-Sep-18 07:19
NPG_81_M1_D3_Lincoln_crack

NPG_81_M1_D3_Lincoln_crack

We digitally repaired everything except the "crack" in the “cracked-plate” photo of President Abraham Lincoln.

On Sunday, February 5, 1865, Lincoln with his son Tad, walked over to Alexander Gardner’s Photography Studio for his very last photo session.

This image was one of the fourteen taken of Lincoln that day.

Perhaps the cracked occurred while the glass-plate negative was heated to receive a coat of varnish. Gardner made a single print and then discarded the damaged plate.

Lincoln’s assassination, two months later, gives this image it’s undeniable prophetic power.