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The very first drawing of Joseph Smith, Jr.


Uncle Dale

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Here's the first known illustration of Joseph Smith --

a cartoon caricature published by E. D. Howe in 1834.

I've chosen the 1838 reprint by Origen Bacheler, because

it is a sharper, clearer engraving.

http://solomonspalding.com/Lib/Pamp1838.htm#Bpg03

Enjoy...

1838Bac0.jpg

Uncle Dale

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in 1834

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Note the broad-brimmed hat. I've heard some remarks from a Kirtland historian,

saying that the Mormon leaders there in the early 1830s favored a Quaker-style

broad-brimmed hat for their public appearances. Joseph Smith was generally

spoken of as having worn a white, stovepipe hat --- but perhaps around 1833-34

in northern Ohio, he donned the black "parson's hat."

UD

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Note the broad-brimmed hat. I've heard some remarks from a Kirtland historian,

saying that the Mormon leaders there in the early 1830s favored a Quaker-style

broad-brimmed hat for their public appearances. Joseph Smith was generally

spoken of as having worn a white, stovepipe hat --- but perhaps around 1833-34

in northern Ohio, he donned the black "parson's hat."

UD

The Hudson Review this fall published - for the first time in English, I believe - some 40 letters written by Alexis de Tocqueville from his trip the US in 1831. He mentions visiting the Shakers in Auburn, NY and describes their grey, wide-brimmed felt hats. (He also mentions that the Shakers told him that their sect was the only way to salvation.)

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Note the broad-brimmed hat. I've heard some remarks from a Kirtland historian,

saying that the Mormon leaders there in the early 1830s favored a Quaker-style

broad-brimmed hat for their public appearances. Joseph Smith was generally

spoken of as having worn a white, stovepipe hat --- but perhaps around 1833-34

in northern Ohio, he donned the black "parson's hat."

UD

Or this hat was chosen for the caricature in order to make it clearer that this was a preacher of sorts.

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If I am not mistaken, the Devil is supposed to look like Philastus Hurlbut. :P

Could be.

You can tell that's not really Joseph on the left. He clearly used a stunt double for that shot.

(He's no dummy.)

And he clearly wouldn't have let go of his rascal-beater cane for something as simple as a kick.

The next scene was my favorite - the one where he returns with a vengeance, fights in bullet-time, and shatters the Matrix.

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Tahnks, Dale. Is it just me or is the Devil meant to look like a Smith as well?

I was thinking more like Martin Harris -- dunno.

The nose on the "kicked" cartoon figure looks a bit like that

of Pres. Smith, as seen in other, later drawings though.

UD

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Could be.

It would be most ironic if the resemblance was that of Solomon Spalding.

You can tell that's not really Joseph on the left. He clearly used a stunt double for that shot.

(He's no dummy.)

And he clearly wouldn't have let go of his rascal-beater cane for something as simple as a kick.

The next scene was my favorite - the one where he returns with a vengeance, fights in bullet-time, and shatters the Matrix.

:P

Thanks, -Wade Englund-

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It would be most ironic if the resemblance was that of Solomon Spalding.

...

Gee -- why should ol' Sol kick the guy who promoted his poor excuse

for American fiction into a world-wide movement of 13 million people?

Besides, Sol didn't have a devil's beard...

TRK-3.jpg

UD

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Note the broad-brimmed hat. I've heard some remarks from a Kirtland historian, saying that the Mormon leaders there in the early 1830s favored a Quaker-style broad-brimmed hat for their public appearances. Joseph Smith was generally spoken of as having worn a white, stovepipe hat --- but perhaps around 1833-34 in northern Ohio, he donned the black "parson's hat."

Have you seen the photo of Brigham Young wearing a large hat of some sort. Can't recall the details, but it seems that someone either gave it to him or influenced him in its wearing. If you haven't seen it, I'll try to find it.

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Have you seen the photo of Brigham Young wearing a large hat of some sort. Can't recall the details, but it seems that someone either gave it to him or influenced him in its wearing. If you haven't seen it, I'll try to find it.

The "youngest" picture of Pres. Young shows him in a black stove-pipe hat;

probably from the early 1840s.

Here is a 1904 newspaper article depiction of Smith's white stove-pipe hat:

miscNYS4.jpg

UD

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Is that Emma confronting her husband about Fanny?

Emma gave her full and unrestricted permission for all of her husband's sealings.

Silly Katherine!

Uncle "now where is Fanny's 1832 temple work, again?" Dale

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That doesn't look like Brigham Young.

Here's a larger version:

brigham-young-ca-1846.jpg?w=290&h=529

UD

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