Which do I think I am?
Here’s the challenge:
“Every man is born an original, but sadly, most men die copies.”
— Abraham Lincoln
But he himself was born an original and remained so to the last day of his life. The photo above shows a young Lincoln, about 1846-7, twenty years or so before the severest testing of his life, and of the nation’s.
And here he is in 1865, prematurely old, worn down, under immense pressure — but still an original. This photo was taken by Alexander Gardner, an assistant to Matthew Brady, great photographer of the Civil War. The glass plate was broken at some point in its history.