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1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
11-12-2013, 09:55 AM
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1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
Hello everyone,

I was re-reading Gordon Samples' Lust For Fame: The Stage Career of John Wilkes Booth last night to check a few facts when I turned to page 15 and found myself staring at a badly-copied image of Booth that I'd never seen before... it is labeled "A young John Wilkes Booth, around 1855. From a daguerreotype owned by Robert G. Shaw, Harvard Dramatic Library; from a copy in the Library of Congress."

Of course I checked the Library of Congress and if they have it, I don't think it is digitalized.

Does anyone have information or a copy of this picture? It is on page 15 of the book as I said.

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Jenny

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11-12-2013, 10:05 AM
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
Earliest one I have seen is when he was around 18

http://www.angelfire.com/pa4/gettysburg/booth1.html

So when is this "Old Enough To Know Better" supposed to kick in?
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11-12-2013, 10:14 AM
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
I think they're both considered suspect, Jenny. The one in LFF looks like Booth, but it's profile shot and he doesn't have a curl on his head. The one Gene posted I've heard is a soldier Booth befriended on a riverboat on the Mississippi river. His name escapes me.

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11-12-2013, 10:14 AM (This post was last modified: 11-12-2013 10:15 AM by Jenny.)
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
That's the earliest one I'd seen before too, Gene. This new one... I'm not sure what to think. It's a side profile shot.

Ah, okay - that makes sense. Thank you! Smile

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11-12-2013, 10:47 AM
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
(11-12-2013 10:14 AM)J. Beckert Wrote:  I think they're both considered suspect, Jenny. The one in LFF looks like Booth, but it's profile shot and he doesn't have a curl on his head. The one Gene posted I've heard is a soldier Booth befriended on a riverboat on the Mississippi river. His name escapes me.

On Dave Taylor's blog, BoothieBarn, He examines the second photo (from Gene's link) and proves that it is not Booth. An excellent article.

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11-12-2013, 10:50 AM (This post was last modified: 11-12-2013 11:01 AM by J. Beckert.)
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
The Gutman's stated it was taken in Missouri, but at 18 I don't think Booth can be placed there. He should have been honing his skills as a stock actor in Richmond.

(11-12-2013 10:47 AM)wsanto Wrote:  On Dave Taylor's blog, BoothieBarn, He examines the second photo (from Gene's link) and proves that it is not Booth. An excellent article.
I forgot about that, Bill. Dave did a great job with the photo in question.

http://boothiebarn.com/2013/01/30/the-de...-gutman-1/

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11-12-2013, 03:10 PM
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
Ooops!

Good article Dave.

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11-16-2013, 06:21 PM
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RE: 1855 Booth daguerreotype in "Lust for Fame?"
Awesome! Smile Thank you for the link!

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