The New York Times has an interesting series of Lincoln impersonator portraits by photographer Greta Pratt. She asked her subjects why they spend time portraying the Great Emancipator, and many gave surprisingly personal reasons.
“There’s not any other president that everyone dresses up as,” Ms. Pratt said. “A few do George Washington or Teddy Roosevelt, but that’s it.” When she asked, she said, their answers were like her portraits collected here – alike but different. “All gave different reasons, but in some form Lincoln’s words or character touched them. They became impressed and obsessed, and wanted to spread it to school kids. They mentioned Lincoln’s moral character. He’s the common man, and one of our biggest traits is the belief that people can pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and Lincoln personified that.”