While searching newspapers today, I stumbled across an article regarding Samuel Arnold’s 1902 newspaper serial about his involvement in the conspiracy to kidnap President Lincoln. The completed serial ran in the Baltimore American and can be purchased in book form as Memoirs of a Lincoln Conspirator edited by Michael Kauffman. What was new to me in this article was not the content, but rather an image of Sam Arnold that I had never seen previously:
At first, I thought it was a rather poor drawing by a Dallas newspaperman based off of Sam’s mug shot photo:
After a little bit of searching, I discovered the image in two other papers, both in Illinois, dated the 11th and 28th:
Then I found a slightly different, but similiar image of Sam Arnold in another 1902 newspaper:
To me, this version in the Inquirer appears to be the most lifelike and looks to be taken from a photo. Alterations have been made to it, of course, but not to the same degree as the first few versions. Still I cannot decide whether I think these images are based off a true, unknown image of Sam or if they are just an artist’s interpreation of Sam. I’ve created a poll to get your feedback. What do you think?