Mental Floss

Political Photo Manipulations


Surely you recognize the classic picture of Lincoln seen on the left, but did you know it is actually an early example of political photo manipulation? The image was originally Southern politician John Calhoun and Lincoln’s head was added to the image along with the words “union,” “constitution,” and “proclamation of freedom” in place of the original words in the photo, “the sovereignty of the states,” “strict constitution,” and “free trade.”

This great WebUrbanist article has 15 other examples of changed images, including a classic picture of General Grant at battle, Soviets removed from images and the famous shot of Sarah Palin in a bikini with a rifle.