Another "John Brown" Fake for Sale on eBay
Readers may recall a blog entry from Dec. 11, 2011, which featured an eBay sale of some 19th century daguerreotypes purported to be images of John Brown and his family. Clearly the images were NOT of Brown and his family. Now, a reader has been kind enough to notify me that yet another so-called John Brown image has surfaced for sale, once more on eBay. The image of an old man is presented as "Rare Pre Civil War Tintype of John Brown Abolitionast" [sic].
The eBay seller also writes under the description section: "You are bidding on a RARE PRE CIVIL WAR TINTYPE OF JOHN BROWN. This is one of a few tintypes I have had authenticated. Like the other tintypes I got them from a lady in southern Missouri. Money Back Guarantee!! 100% authentic!!"
Wow. A "lady in southern Missouri"? "Rare pre-Civil War tintype"? "100% Authentic"?
Even Robert E. Lee would tell you that the old man in this "pre-Civil War tintype" is not John Brown the abolitionist. He doesn't even look like our man Brown, bearing not the slightest resemblance except for the long white beard. Even more ludicrous is the verso label that reads: "John Brown Picture 1859 Last Picture Take[n] 3 Day[s] Before hanging father of Civil War"! Of course, no such photographic image was made of Brown prior to his hanging. Unfortunately there was not even a life sketch made of Brown in jail three days prior to his execution. The whole thing is bogus.
However, if anyone is actually stupid enough to buy this last so-called John Brown father of the Civil War tintype, here are some other pictures of "John Brown" that might also interest them for their collection!
|John Brown, oil painting|
in his favorite bathrobe
|John Brown, sketch|
made with nifty cap
|John Brown, color|