To Whom It May Concern:
My name is Tina Glessner … I am submitting to you for review a photo I believe to be a death portrait of President Lincoln. I purchased this some years ago at a local flea market. I have been a photographer for over 25 years and collect photos and cameras. I have never seen another like this. The photo of the open case is about the same size as the original. It is an early paper photo that has been mounted on some type of leather… I did not see any markings on the front or back. It is an original photo. I would appreciate any help you can provide.
[Editor: When we get inquires such as this, we know our response is not what the correspondent wants to hear and will likely be ignored. Yet we persist. Apparently, Tina was interviewed by the local newspaper and photos taken of her find. This article has yet to appear. She compared her image to the Clark Mills life mask done shortly before Lincoln died and feels they are similar. She also contacted a “forensic facial recognition specialist” who pointed out numerous similarities between the photo and the mask. Besides the possibility that she may have a photograph on leather (as against a paper photo mounted on leather), there is no way this is Lincoln. So, consult as many “specialists” as you want, as they say, the result is the same. NEXT!]