one day at a time…
Sunday, 18 January 2004

Pix Of The Day: More Similar Than You May Think
CREDIT: © G. Eastman/Eastman.org; © A. Gertsacov/PTBarnum.org.
WHERE: 19th century USA. WHAT: Abraham Lincoln & PT Barnum.
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Abraham Lincoln © George EastmanPT Barnum © Adam GertsacovYesterday we wrote an update about the controversy over who said, "You may fool all the people some of the time; you can even fool some of the people all the time; but you can't fool all of the people all the time." We were unconvinced that it was either of the two main suspects, Abraham Lincoln and Phineas T. Barnum. How different these two men seem at first glance.

This gave us a segue into our occasional series on important or interesting photo collections. This is our second feature, the first was an item about the 1930s Olindo Ceccarini Collection.

The picture of Lincoln is from the George Eastman (founder of Kodak) House, American 19th-Century Holdings gallery. If you visit, in addition to the Lincoln [1] portrait by Mathew B. Brady, you will see George B. Atzerodt [2] a Lincoln assassination conspirator, and the gallows [3] where the guilty men were hanged. The last two pictures were taken by Alexander Gardner. The picture of Barnum is from a photo collection assembled by Adam Gertsacov, a former Clown Laureate in Greenbelt, Maryland, who performs as Barnum from his operating base at the Acme Clown Company.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)