Faces of history

Death masks have always fascinated me. I am not a morbid person by any means; but death masks allow you to look at an individual, as they were hundreds of years ago. To me that is crazy; seeing what these people actually looked like and how different some of them are from their paintings.

Below are 5 of my favorites. Four out of the five are gentlemen that I have always idolized. I think it will be obvious which one I don’t idolize.

1) Isaac Newton

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Here he is; the father of modern physics. An idol to many, and unquestionably one of the most respected scientists/physicists in the history of man-kind.

2) Abraham Lincoln

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The 16th President of the United States. Lincoln’s mask was made during his autopsy after he was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

3) Benjamin Franklin

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The man responsible for eye glasses (kind of), and a key figure in the forming of the United States.

4) Nikola Tesla

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This guy was a GENIUS! He brought us AC theory and radar; there is little question that he was (and is) the greatest electrical engineer to ever live.

5) John Dillinger

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Just for fun, I wanted to throw a bad guy in the mix. Dillinger was an infamous bank robber in the 1930’s.

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