Ingersoll Outdoor Speech


The only known photograph of Ingersoll addressing an audience. With the cumbersome cameras and slow emulsions of the day, a "candid" photograph like thos would have represented a splendid technical achievement. This occasion is a Thomas Paine memorial gathering at New Rochelle, New York, on May 30, 1884.




Detail view. With the words "Spare the man but kill monarchy," Thomas Paine famously urged the French Revolutionaries not to kill the deposed King Louis XVI (they did anyway -- and threw the once-revered Paine into the Bastille for saying these words).