Christopher Oakley, a former Disney animator, may have stumbled upon
what looks to be the most significant photograph of Abraham Lincoln
found in the last 60 years. While we all have seen photographs of
Lincoln, few of us realize that we continually see the same photographs
over and over. In fact, only a few photographs of the man are known to
exist. Any newly-discovered photo causes a lot of excitement amongst
photo archivists. Christopher Oakley may have discovered just such a
photograph. Then again, perhaps he did not.
An amazing amount of detective work by many experts has gone into the investigation of this photographs. The findings of the experts have been mixed: some believe it is Lincoln while others doubt the claim. In any case, the story of how these experts prove and disprove claims makes for interesting reading.
You can read Will the Real Abraham Lincoln Please Stand Up?, written by Franz Lidz and published in the Smithsonian magazine, at http://goo.gl/M4oxH8.