Sweet and Tender Hooligan

He looks enticing, but beware: Lewis Paine attempted to kill Secretary of State William Seward, stabbing him repeatedly, and was hanged for his involvement in the planning of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

My friend Paul used to check a book out of the library with these Payne portraits when he'd get his hair cut and tell his barber he wanted precisely the same coiffure.

Payne was aware of his star power, and carefully directed the production of these portraits, with the thought that they might become cartes de visite or some other souvenir. This somewhat mystifies me.


Catherine said...

He does in deed looking enticing.

Anonymous said...

and your friend Paul is probably gay.

Nick Heywood said...

Nope, not gay. He should be, though.

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