Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The Non-Bilateral Abraham Lincoln
Following my principle that hardly anything is none of my business....
It was the mannequin of the young Abraham Lincoln at the State Museum in Springfield, Illinois that got me started on this. Looking at his face you could see a close bilateral similarity to the right and left sides.
Where as just a few feet away the most often seen portrait of Abraham Lincoln portrayed a face that was much different. The left side was higher and larger than the right, and the eyes and ears did not line up with each other at all.
Indeed it seems Lincoln understood he had this "imbalance and normally turned his right side to the camera in his photographs. Maybe that is why i like this drawing of him above because it shows his left side more.
So when I came home I experimented with the Brady photograph of Lincoln looking straight at the camera. The above photo shows Lincoln's face composed of only his left side reversed and substituted for his right side as well. As it is known our left side is our "sinister" side and this certainly holds true in this version on Lincoln.
Doing the same for the right side of his face gives a completely different person.
So I went googling to see why the difference was so pronounced in Lincoln and came up with this site:
Note that the sight used the same picture the way I did.
Did Lincoln really have a rare genetic disease?
Would he have lived much longer or died of cancer?