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Like Abraham Lincoln, George Washington never actually had a death mask but he did have a life mask created. Washington’s life mask was made in 1785 by French sculptor Jean Antoine Houdon when Washington was fifty-three.

The forgotten slaves. African slaves were very expensive (50 Sterling). Irish slaves were cheap (no more than 5 Sterling) and most often were either kidnapped from Ireland, or forcibly removed. They could be worked to death, whipped or branded without it being a crime. Many times they were beat to death and while the death of an Irish slave was a monetary setback, it was far cheaper than the death of an expensive African. African slaves were treated much better in Colonial America.

This is the only probable picture of Kate Warne, the first female detective. Not only was she the first detective, but she even went on to save the life of president elect Abraham Lincoln after uncovering a plot to assassinate him on the way to Washington D.C. to take office. She was best known for being a master of disguise, able to switch from Union soldier, to Southern debutante, to a harmless grandmother.

A George Washington we are not used to seeing – 19 year old likeness reconstructed from historical and scientific evidence by Mount Vernon.

My favorite portrait of Abe...how could anyone call this face "ugly"? Whatever portraits exist of him, they can only, truly, be called poetic...