• I love the way his papers are tumbling off the table. - Ken Zirkel
  • His jacket looks a little big. - darlingliz
  • The askew tie makes me love this photo so much more. - Jeanne-Erin
  • From the way the newspaper drapes, I would guess it is a copy of the New York Tribune, or one like it. Greeley's paper was printed on a huge broadsheet - as large as a baby blanket -- then folded into its eight pages. And it had more rag content than most papers of the era. - gbvico
  • Growth is lower and nose bridge width than in this photo - USGolfers
  • He is grinning for the fact there are flies everywhere for which It made It difficult for Gardner to get perfect shots,this photo is known as "The lincoln fly",there are six developed shots from August 9 1863. - Mr Abraham Lincoln
  • Washington Chronicle - Mr Abraham Lincoln

[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and newspaper, Aug. 9, 1863] (LOC)

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Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882, photographer.

[Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President. Seated portrait, holding glasses and newspaper, Aug. 9, 1863]

[Washington, D.C., 1863, printed later]

1 photographic print : albumen, on carte de visite mount ; 10 x 6 cm.

"Lincoln poses in Gardner's new gallery on Sunday, August 9, 1863. ... Lincoln had promised to be Gardner's first sitter and chose Sunday for his visit to avoid 'curiosty-seekers and other seekers' while on his way to the gallery." (Source: Ostendorf, p. 130)

Published in: Lincoln's photographs: a complete album / by Lloyd Ostendorf. Dayton, OH: Rockywood Press, 1998, p. 133.

Title devised by Library staff.

Lincoln, Abraham--1809-1865.

Format: Portrait photographs--1860-1870.
Cartes de visite--1860-1870.
Albumen prints--1860-1870.

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Persistent URL: hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/ppmsca.19206

Call Number: Unprocessed in PR 13 CN 1972:018 [item]

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  1. bredlo 75 months ago | reply

    Crooked tie, baggy sleeves... my kind of guy.

  2. jasonbilbo 75 months ago | reply

    the first gay icon.

  3. Whiskeygonebad 75 months ago | reply

    Notice how this photograph is no much more natural and candid as compared to the earlier Daguerreotype. Exposures were far shorter and able to capture a fraction of a moment.
    Also people: Please stop commenting with disrespect upon Abraham Lincoln with your 2009 P.C mushbrains. [This was happening more so on Mr. Lincoln's other photos posted by this institution]

  4. fw652830 75 months ago | reply

    I concur with Whiskeygonebad! Please respect the Bicentennial of perhaps this country's greatest U.S. president.

  5. Cult Leader Lettuce 75 months ago | reply

    Every comment here was made with respect...

    And I do agree with the fact that he looks very happy in this moment. It seems that old photographs rarely captured a look like this. Amazing man.

  6. jackdlong1 75 months ago | reply

    Great to see Abe looking so good!

  7. Peachhead (3,000,000 views!) 75 months ago | reply

    He looks just like a regular guy here---very human, very natural...... He might have worn his clothes a bit big to disguise how thin he was?? Just an idea......

  8. Oreo Fairy 75 months ago | reply

    It just looks like he is swimming in his clothes. The pictures of him always seem so unreal to me. To me he looks as if he would much rather be some place else and is being as patient as possible. The look on his face (to me) reminds me of "this is the last one right" faces my kids give me.

  9. aloudude 74 months ago | reply

    I got news for all you gossips...Lincoln wasn't gay. I've got 35 books on the man and he was not. The people who believe that are the people who their news from the National Enquirer. He had a wife and 4 children. The rumor started because he shared a bed with a man when he was in his 20s. There were also other men living in that same house who shared beds. It wasn't scandalous back then. The guy he shared a bed with told him where he could find a prostitute. His law partner for 17 yrs said that Lincoln feared he caught syphillis from a woman.

  10. jasonbilbo 74 months ago | reply


    i dont think it would be mentioned in books if he was gay.they would have been a pr machine back then to improve his image.
    people lie remember(“I did not have sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky.” Those are the famous. words of our President, Mr. Bill Clinton. Later we found out that he lied ...mmm at the end of the day does it realy matter if he had sex with a man and a woman.

  11. Oreo Fairy 74 months ago | reply

    Just get over yourselves my gosh. Does it really matter? He has been dead for 146 years. He is the only person who could tell us if he is gay or not. So lets discuss the picture and not whether he was gay or not gay or how many people he slept with.

  12. ClickerNYC 62 months ago | reply

    Just saw this for the first time today. Mr. Lincoln does look like he is in a happy mood. I think this is the best relaxed posed photo I have ever seen of him.
    For you people who have bad things to say about this past president, say your words to your parents. Hiding behind your PC is just a cowardly thing to do. Freedom of speach is granted to idiots and cowards too!

  13. Mr Abraham Lincoln 59 months ago | reply

    you can fool some people all the time,you can fool all the people sometimes,but you can`t fool all the people all the time,A.Lincoln.

  14. ClickerNYC 59 months ago | reply

    I don't comment on the remarks made to this photo because anything I say would upset someone. It is just a photo of a great American president, and I like that.

  15. cudau.botcanh 58 months ago | reply

    Nice pic!!!!!!!!!

  16. Mr Abraham Lincoln 57 months ago | reply

    I have found an albumen print of lincoln in the same pose from August 9 1863,I believe mine to be a long lost one never been seen and recognized before,I need help authenticating mine !!

  17. Mr Abraham Lincoln 57 months ago | reply

    Dianakk....you hit the nail right on the head,he was slightly amused that day for there were lots of flies buzzing around,that gave Mr Gardner a hard time trying to get the right shots,Gardner disposed lots of shots that day because of the flies,and could only save six of them,I have one of the disposed,with a fly on his cheek and one eye closed !!

  18. I is 54 months ago | reply

    very distinguished
    thanks for the image

  19. tabbycat3t 44 months ago | reply

    I love this pic..He looks amused by something!

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