February 14, 1849

On February 14, 1849, James Knox Polk became the first serving US President to have his photograph taken. People who have viewed the photograph say that it is strange, in that the Polk’s eyes and slit of a mouth seem to always follow you. The photographer, Matthew Brady, said that another eerie occurrence of the photograph was that it was the opposite of Dorian Gray’s picture.  In real life, President Polk continued to age naturally, while the photo stayed the exact same.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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