Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Was Abraham Lincoln A Ghost Hunter?

I love Pinterest.  I have learned so much in the few short weeks I have been on it.  I have several boards, including Beyond Brave, Unusual Phenomenon, Old and Haunted, Whispers of History, Just Plain Creepy, Just Plain Cute, Animal Royalty, Style, and The Real Story.  My favorite boards to check out are, of course, about history. 
One picture that really has my interest is this one:
 
An extremely rare photograph of President Abraham Lincoln taken during his brief yet memorable stint as a paranormal investigator and eliminator circa 1864.  Now my question is: Is this a real photograph or is it something faked?  I truly hope it is real because this would be so awesome!  I tried looking for it on SNOPES, but couldn't find anything saying it was a fake.  Just another reason for me to love Abraham Lincoln even more!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

This photo is obviously fake.
If you look at Lincoln's beard it's out of focus, kind of blurry, but the 'pack' & goggles are very clear & crisp.

Kim Mitchell said...

The only reason I even mention it is because Mary Todd was very interested in the paranormal and ghosts. She had several séances, including some in the Whitehouse and even consulted a spirit photographer after the death of her third son, Tad. her oldest and only surviving son, Robert, ultimately had her committed to an asylum for the insane, where she stayed for over a year. It all started for her with the death of her first son in 1850 and got worse with the death of her second son, Willie, in the Whitehouse in 1862. I wondered if Abraham Lincoln shared her interests.

Dennis Weaver said...

sorry its a fake, it would be sweet if it was true but its not. I found the original photo and posted it next to the fake one .
http://pinterest.com/pin/339881103098929835/

here is the url of the original photo, http://blog.syracuse.com/shelflife/2008/01/lincoln.jpg

Kim Mitchell said...

Thank you Dennis Weaver. I appreciate the time you took to find out! Still, it did get me into the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. I do wonder what President Lincoln thought about all of it. I think he had his own beliefs about it. Awesome work Dennis Weaver!

Kim Mitchell said...

Thank you Dennis Weaver. I appreciate the time you took to find out! Still, it did get me into the life of Mary Todd Lincoln. I do wonder what President Lincoln thought about all of it. I think he had his own beliefs about it. Awesome work Dennis Weaver!

Anonymous said...

It's not true. It's for a satirical novel. I can't remember the authors name, and can't link to the National Geographic article about it, but you can find it easily.