10 Famous Photographs That Fooled Everyone

4. President Abraham Lincoln Portrait

Abraham Lincoln

This famous portrait of President Abraham Lincoln can still be found hanging in many classrooms across the United States. In the photo, the renowned president looks like a true hero, standing proud in his office.

The image was actually the creation of an unknown forger. The body and surrounding background of the image is actually from a portrait of Southern leader John Calhoun, while the head was from an existing photograph of Lincoln.

It was thought to have been created because there weren't many heroic-looking images of Lincoln created when he lived. Funnily enough, Calhoun was almost the total political opposite to Lincoln, with Calhoun once a strong proponent of the slave trade.

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