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The man Abraham Lincoln called “Crazy”

So here we have a very interesting Original Cabinet Card Photograph, c. 1870s – 1880s.


The story behind this photograph and my research of it is pretty amusing.  Upon discovering this photograph, I was immediately taken by the subject; his pose and attire suggested to me that he could have been someone of importance and that it was worth further research.

But then I see the strange scribblings on the bottom of the card, and when I flip it over to see if the back has any more information my mind was literally blown.

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