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  • Civil War era photo eerily resembles Nicolas Cage, sparks vampire rumors

    Have you ever seen Nicolas Cage during the day?

    Have you ever seen Nicolas Cage regard his reflection in a mirror?

    If the answer to either is “yes,” please contact the authorities, because there’s a rumor going around that the “Vampire’s Kiss” actor is an actual vampire.

    And it all comes from this Civil War era photo of, well…

    Nicolas Cage?

    Here is how the eBay listing for the photo reads.

    “Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead / vampire, et cetera, who quickens / reinvents himself once every 75 years or so. 150 years from now, he might be a politician, the leader of a cult, or a talk show host.

    This is not a trick photo of any kind and has not been manipulated in Photoshop or any other graphics program. It’s an original photo of a man who lived in Bristol, TN sometime around the Civil War.

    I’ve had a lot of questions asking where I purchased this. As followers of my website know, I collect antique memorial photography — images of dead people — from the 1800s. This photo was found in the very back of album that contained an unusual number of Civil War era death portraits (which is why I purchased it). All of the other people in the album, living and dead, were identified by name — this man was not.

    Photographer is Professor G.B. Smith. A contact of mine forwarded this interesting article (link) about the photographer, Smith. Turns out he was a confederate Civil War prisoner of war photographer.

    Guaranteed to be an original 1860s-70s photograph and not a modern reproduction, copy or photo manipulation.”

    What do you think?

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