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Edgar Allan Poe poses with Abraham Lincoln in Mathew Brady’s Washington, D.C. studio- February 4th, 1849.

The Lynching of Jesse Washington - Jesse Washington, a teenage African-American farmhand, was lynched in Waco, Texas, on May 15, 1916, in what became a well-known example of racially motivated lynching. Washington was accused of raping and murdering the wife of his white employer in rural Robinson, Texas. There were no eyewitnesses to the crime, but during his interrogation by the McLennan County sheriff he signed a confession and described the location of the murder weapon

Edgar Allan Poe, (1809-1849)

Former first lady Jackie Kennedy (whose husband President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated in 1963) and Coretta Scott King at Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 funeral. Two women who’s husbands were viciously ripped from their lives by hatred’s bullet. This moment is heavy…raw…honest… Both of these women were fantastic.

Houdini before his near fatal jump & escape from the icy water below the Queen Street bridge in Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 18th, 1910.

Before and after the war: The dramatic aging of Abraham Lincoln. Look how much he changed in just 7 years!

Stevie Wonder & Muhammad Ali

When the Lakota leader Sitting Bull was asked by a white reporter why his people loved and respected him, Sitting Bull replied by asking if it was not true that among white people a man is respected because he has many horses, many houses? When the reporter replied that was indeed true, Sitting Bull then said that his people respected him because he kept nothing for himself.” –Joseph Bruchac - Photograph: Orlando Scott Goff

Anthony Bowen, who purchased his own freedom from slavery in Maryland, founded the first YMCA chapter for African Americans in 1853. This was one of the first organizations for African Americans. Bowen was an abolitionist and advised President Lincoln to enlist African American troops to fight in the civil war. He was also the first African American to work in the US Patent Office.

Abraham Lincoln - Classic Profile Portrait

Robert Lincoln the son of Abraham Lincoln, was waiting to board a crowded train when the train lurched forward and he fell between the platform and the body of the passenger car he was trying to board. But before harm came, he was seized by the collar and yanked to the platform. His rescuer was Edwin Booth the brother of the man that would soon kill President Lincoln.

Most people believe that Lincoln sported a beard for the majority of his life, but in actuality he spent most of his life without facial hair. He only began growing his whiskers in 1860, during his run for president.

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Mary Surratt, 42, proprietor of a Maryland tavern and a Washington boarding house that served as meeting places and safe houses for Confederate spies and couriers. She was found guilty for her part in Lincoln's assassination. Pictured: Mary Surratt, the first woman ever put to death by the Federal Government.

Nellie Bly entered Blackwell's island Asylum in 1887 under the guise of insanity under assignment from Joseph Pulitzer. She wrote, "From the moment I entered the insane ward on the Island, I made no attempt to keep up the assumed role of insanity. I talked and acted just as I do in ordinary life. Yet strange to say, the more sanely I talked and acted, the crazier I was thought to be by all...." Her book Ten Days in a Mad-House, resulted in a grand jury investigation

First cousins, Tsar Nicholas of Russia and King George V of England -- Don't they look alike?

"Tom Thumb, full-length portrait, facing front, standing on table." Half-plate daguerreotype c. 1850-55 from the studio of Mathew Brady

EVELYN NESBIT --Known to millions before her 16th birthday in 1900, Evelyn was the most photographed woman of her era, an iconic figure who set the standard for female beauty. Her jealous millionaire husband, Harry K. Thaw, killed her lover, Stanford White, the architect of much of New York. She found herself at the center of the Crime of the Century and the star of a great courtroom drama.

WWI facial prosthesis.

Lincoln’s Clothing | Ford's Theatre - Lincoln's Brooks Brothers coat 'One Country One Destiny' stitched inside

Tallest man in recorded history posing with his father | Interesting Pictures