Very few pictures of Millard Fillmore exist. There are none of Fillmore in a bathtub. Though he lived closer to Rochester and the eventual home of Kodak, Fillmore himself had very few encounters with photographers or cameras that survive in the public record.
Drawings are not common, either.
Here are a few pictures I have used, or anticipate using, for masthead illustrations.
At left is the official White House portrait of Fillmore, by George P. A. Healy, painted in 1857. The picture shows Fillmore pointing to the Constitution. During his presidency several southern states threatened to secede, according to the White House caption. Of course, the same caption gives Fillmore credit for updating the bathrooms in the White House, too.
Russell G. Frost at Frost Imaging (http://www.frostimaging.com/) created a version of the picture that covered the entire top of the first few versions of the masthead. (It may have been simple for him — I had great difficulty with it.) A copy of the Frost Imaging banner is shown below.
While we lost the Constitution from the picture, the image had a great place for the title; I liked the fact that Fillmore is looking to the viewer’s left; that’s not a view that is common in mastheads.
Fillmore remained active in public life after he left the White House. He ran for the presidency again in 1856 on the American Party ticket — this was not the American Party that resulted from George C. Wallace’s run in 1968; it was the remnants of the Know-Nothing Party, the rabidly anti-Catholic, anti-immigrant, anti-almost-everything party. I’m not sure there is a good explanation for why Fillmore accepted their nomination, since he ended up repudiating much of their platform; in any case, he didn’t come close to winning.
A few crude cartoons are left over from his campaigns, but most images are quite difficult to read. However, I did find at the Library of Congress a good campaign poster from the 1856 race, which will probably show up in some form in the masthead in the future. This image is also available from USHistoricalArchive.com.
Fillmore’s presidency seems one of a set of lost opportunities to stop the coming Civil War. Fillmore did not support Abraham Lincoln as a candidate, but he did support the Union during the war. The third image I have used or plan to use shows Fillmore during the war, dressed in uniform, “Captain of the Union Continentals,” a photo taken in 1862. Fillmore saw no battle action in the Civil War. He was 62 when the photo was taken, looking fit and healthy. The photo is held by the Buffalo Historical Society, published in the 1907 Millard Fillmore Papers, edited by Frank H. Severance.
When I look at this photo, a Gilbert and Sullivan tune from Pirates of Penzance comes to mind.