In the days before photography, it was customary to make a plaster cast of a person's face following his or her death so that the living could have a visual record of what the deceased looked like.  The side effect of this sentimental nostalgia is that we can look at the death masks of famous people who lived long any and know to a high degree what they looked like.

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Thomas Paine

Aaron Burr

Robert E. Lee

Benjamin Franklin


Ulysses S. Grant



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