r/Damnthatsinteresting Dec 01 '22

Abraham Lincoln in 1861 vs 1865 shows a 4 year difference during wartime. Lincoln once said, “I am a tired man. Sometimes, I think I am the tiredest man on the planet". Image

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u/fourstroke4life Dec 01 '22

He was handling the stress of keeping the nation together, his child dyings and wife depressed, hundreds of thousands of dead soldiers, and being the president. Those lines on his face truly represent how much he went through.

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u/Certain-Tennis8555 Dec 01 '22

And incredible in-fighting / politics in his cabinet, trying to keep all the European countries from joining into the conflict or support the Confederacy to weaken American influence in the Western hemisphere, appointing and firing Generals of the Army as each competed to exceed the previous' incompetence. The level of public rancor and general hate directed at him is breath-taking - and that's just coming from the states that remained in the Union...I can't imagine.

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u/AnastasiaNo70 Dec 05 '22

And his son wanting to fight. His oldest, I think? Middle? The one that lived to adulthood and was an asshole. Robert?

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u/LowAdministration162 Dec 01 '22

I always thought he had a genetic condition that affected his appearance…. I know I didn’t make that up…

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u/Ultrawhiner Dec 02 '22

His wife was a kleptomaniac as well.

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u/AnastasiaNo70 Dec 05 '22

God. I mean I’ve had to deal with some seriously tough exhausting times, but that takes the cake. Poor guy.

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u/Certain-Tennis8555 Dec 01 '22

The photo on the left is May 1858. His Inauguration in 1861 sported a full beard. A collection of photos are here: https://clickamericana.com/topics/celebrities-famous-people/see-the-first-and-last-photos-of-abraham-lincoln

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u/11jellis Dec 01 '22

Still quite a difference in 7 years. He was only 56 in the second picture.

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u/SF-Sensual-Top Dec 01 '22

I was struck by his nose growth, more than his wrinkles. 4 years seemed implausible

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/TitsAndWhiskey Dec 02 '22

They can reach things in the upper cabinets and smell gas leaks easily?

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/TitsAndWhiskey Dec 02 '22

Good at basketball and cooking?

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/TitsAndWhiskey Dec 02 '22

Oh! I got it! Infiltrating foreign governments!

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u/2LegsOverEZ Dec 02 '22

Yes, they like to wrestle.

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u/SF-Sensual-Top Dec 02 '22

They get murdered by actors?

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u/RahulLigma Dec 02 '22

I have all 3 traits as well as a pencil dick. Where is your God now

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/RahulLigma Dec 02 '22

You’re so cute and witty and so so funny

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/RahulLigma Dec 02 '22

If you had a pencil-sized pallywhacker you’d lash out too. Just go be pithy and cute and leave me to my #2 Ticonderoga misery

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u/AnastasiaNo70 Dec 05 '22

Your ears and nose never stop growing, plus it’s commonly believed he had a growth disorder—Marfan’s?

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u/skgamer167 Dec 01 '22

He was busy killing vampires. That would be tiring.

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u/Hipnotize_nl Dec 01 '22

Doesn't anyone in the world think they are the tiredest in the world at some point in life?

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u/DocMeow3 Dec 01 '22

Every first time parent feels that. Sleep deprivation and war though…I (thankfully) can’t imagine.

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u/SheepH3rder69 Dec 01 '22

Ya, but it might actually be true for Lincoln.

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u/Dazadhy Dec 01 '22

I feel you..

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u/DarkenL1ght Dec 01 '22

I spent 7 months in Afghanistan, and went from 174 lbs to 129 lbs. When I came home, everyone kept telling me how sick I looked. That was in pretty good conditions. I can only imagine life in the American Civil War. War is hell.

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u/CurbsideProph3t Dec 02 '22

Thank you for your service

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u/Sweetcheels69 Dec 01 '22

I’m curious what his voice sounded like

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

Apparently his voice was shrill, nasal, and just generally annoying. No recordings exist, but maybe that’s for the best.

https://blogs.loc.gov/loc/2018/01/hearing-abraham-lincolns-voice/

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u/aSimpleWardrobe Dec 01 '22

Lincoln always seemed like a odd looking guy so not surprised his voice wasn't too regular either

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u/gate_of_steiner85 Dec 01 '22

I dunno, if he sounded anything like the voice DDL used for him in Lincoln, it wouldn't be too bad. Definitely not what one would expect though.

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u/MrAVAT4R_2 Dec 01 '22

So like Ray Romano

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u/st0rmbreak3r Dec 02 '22

Kind of like Don Knotts lol

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u/Sweetcheels69 Dec 01 '22

Thanks, Thats a cool document!

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u/TitsAndWhiskey Dec 02 '22

DDL supposedly did a fantastic job of imitating his voice in Lincoln. Being the actor that he is and all. I believe there are actually audio recordings of Lincoln that he went off of.

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u/WahooSS238 Dec 02 '22

The worlds oldest audio recording (that survives) is from long after Lincoln died.

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u/TitsAndWhiskey Dec 02 '22

You’re right of course. I don’t know what I was thinking.

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u/zombienutz1 Dec 01 '22

This is what happens to presidents who give a shit about the job.

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u/TheBlueSlipper Interested Dec 01 '22

All presidents age quickly in office. President years are like dog years.

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u/NoButterfly7257 Dec 01 '22

Of course he was tired. He never got any sleep having to fight Vampires.

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u/Karnorkla Dec 01 '22

It's amazing that we had him just when we needed him. An incredible human being.

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u/batkave Dec 01 '22

It's interesting, many photos of presidents show these

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u/Zayyded Dec 01 '22

Gwyneth Paltrow once said "Some days I feel like everyone in my world has plugged themselves into my kidneys. I'm so tired."

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u/chaves4life Dec 01 '22

It's true tho, you can pay 500 buck for that treatment

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u/Zayyded Dec 01 '22

Where am I to find that many deer?

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/Sketchy_Stew Dec 02 '22

Anyone who would rather eat cheese from a can has obviously never smoked crack

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/Sketchy_Stew Dec 02 '22

Only if you have the wherewithal not to over do it. Cause it can also definitely ruin your life much faster than spray cheese.

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u/Practical-Jelly-5320 Dec 01 '22

Next do Zelensky

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 03 '22

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u/iforgotguy Dec 02 '22

The funny thing is that zelensky was a comedian before he became the president. It goes to show that no matter your background, you can rise up to do amazing things when needed.

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u/dataton4 Dec 01 '22

He had a disease called Marfan Syndrome

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u/TurtleMolesterr Dec 01 '22

Not to mention his personal war on Nosferatu.

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u/FastConfidence4077 Dec 01 '22

God, this man was NOT a looker.

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u/guruofsnot Dec 01 '22

I think he was unconventionally handsome. He was certainly interesting to look at and there was obviously a lot going on behind those eyes.

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u/Octopugilist Dec 01 '22

He's got a real Willem Dafoe thing

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u/Ultrawhiner Dec 02 '22

Agreed. Neither of those two are conventionally handsome but there’s just something about them..

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u/ColonelMonty Dec 01 '22

Yeah the artwork and statues really were a glow up for him.

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u/shibafather Dec 01 '22

He didn't look as bad as these photos portray. Cameras back then weren't great at picking up red coloring, instead turning it grey or black. He was actually a lot smoother in the face than he looks here; the lines on his face are exaggerated.

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u/AnastasiaNo70 Dec 05 '22

Mary Todd Lincoln said he always smelled faintly of wood smoke (I’m sure most people did), but she absolutely loved it. And him. He was a gentle, affectionate, devoted husband.

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u/shortandsemisweet Dec 01 '22

Being a Mom, I feel you..

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u/iforgotguy Dec 02 '22

I have a one week old, the struggle is real

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u/rustynoodle3891 Dec 01 '22

Let's be fair he was hardly fresh faced at the start

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u/Tiny-Spray-1820 Dec 01 '22

Vampire hunting does that to you

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u/UnifiedQuantumField Dec 01 '22

shows a 4 year difference during wartime.

TIL war has roughly the same aging effect as meth.

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u/ColonelMonty Dec 01 '22

I don't know if tiredest is a word but I gotta cut the man some slack he looks exhausted.

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u/Sasquatch_butt6162 Dec 01 '22

The mixed up the before and after photos.

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u/Certain-Tennis8555 Dec 01 '22

His "final rest" wasn't even that peaceful. If you have time to spare, go look up the attempt to rob his body from the grave. Crazy stuff.

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u/swinginghardhammer Dec 01 '22

Weird looking dude

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u/Wholesalmon Dec 01 '22

You should see what he looked like in 1866

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u/_JimbobG_ Dec 01 '22

Looks like an alien posing as a human. Very unique looking man.

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u/Jochon Dec 01 '22

I thought South Park was exaggerating when they talked about how ugly Lincoln was.

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u/Witcher587 Dec 01 '22

This reminds me of how Zelensky's look changed

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u/Traveling_Man_383_PA Dec 01 '22

If you check out some Lincoln photos from a year earlier, he looked fine. I have always thought he was suffering from disease, cancer or leukemia - that's the look of illness, I think.

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u/Red-is-suspicious Dec 01 '22

His eyes and lips give me Cillian Murphy vibes but then it disappears into a slump of malnutrition and fatigue.

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u/DiscoSprinkles Dec 01 '22

Well, he did also party with Bill and Ted.

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u/hilarypcraw Dec 01 '22

I have seen this many times and I just can’t believe it’s a fact. The war ended in 1865 so I guess with the stress it’s possible but wow…just wow

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u/RGBchocolate Dec 01 '22

like same to me, just different facial expression if he had same cut

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u/Apical-Meristem Dec 02 '22

American Moses

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u/paddyd41 Dec 02 '22

I’d be curious to see some photos of the front line soldiers during the Civil War. Before enlisting and after a couple years of fighting.

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u/2LegsOverEZ Dec 02 '22

Two hours ago I posted a news article from 1861 reporting Lincoln almost getting trampled at a stopover in Buffalo on his way to his inauguration in Washington DC and it was immediately rejected. Who or what on earth is/are these nonsensical overseers/control freaks who decide what gets seen and what does not? How is a newspaper article from 1861 regarded as inappropriate? Reddit is absolute shit.

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u/georgemarred Dec 02 '22

Haven't seen one president come out of the white house not looking many years older than the 4 or 8 years they served. It's a tough job.

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u/AnastasiaNo70 Dec 05 '22

Trump didn’t look much worse, but then he also didn’t actually do anything.

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u/TantraMantraYantra Dec 02 '22

May be he had thyroid disorder

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u/Inevitable-Resort662 Dec 16 '22

He almost looks black…

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u/Canisoptimum 14d ago

Dude, this sounds super sketchy...but if i could take one president out for drinks to just relax for one night..it would be Lincoln.

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u/Little_DeadFishie Dec 01 '22

So the assassin did a good deed. The president said he felt like the tiredest person in the world. All the assassin did was put him to sleep forever.

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u/CaptainAksh_G Dec 01 '22

, “I am a tired man. Sometimes, I think I am the tiredest man on the planet".

Well.........I hope he's resting well

/jk

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u/Designer-Ad-2585 Dec 01 '22

Able Lincoln’s ears tho wtf

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u/i_like_pie92 Dec 01 '22

Meth does crazy things