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by Maureen A. Taylor

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# Monday, January 11, 2010
Photo Identification in the News
Posted by Maureen

Readers of this column will be as fascinated as I was with these two articles on photo identification.

In the January 2010 issue of Smithsonian Magazine is the story of an unidentified daguerreotype owned by Jack and Beverly Wilgus. In it a handsome young man stands facing the camera holding a long metal rod. One of his eyes is closed shut.  The collectors thought he held a harpoon until they posted their image on the social networking image site Flickr. It wasn't long before they heard from someone who said it wasn't a harpoon and was possibly Phineas Gage. Gage's life could have been featured on a reality TV trauma show.  In 1848, when 25, Gage's life changed. An accident on the job sent a 43 inch tamping iron through his skull. He lived to talk about it and was conscious when the doctor arrived on the scene. You can read about Gage's life and the story of this daguerreotype online.  In the photo he's holding the rod that's engraved as a souvenir of the event.

Spring training is weeks away but for readers that are baseball fans, you'll get a jump start on the fun. A colleague sent me his 2004 issue of The Baseball Research Journal because it featured an article on identifying baseball images. I'm no sports fan, but I loved author George Michael's descriptions of how he sees the clues in photos of players sliding into base.  You can order copies of the Journal through the Society of American Baseball Research. 

Both of these articles will end up in my files. 

1840s photos | men | props in photos | unusual clothing
Monday, January 11, 2010 3:41:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #  Comments [2]
Thursday, January 14, 2010 2:28:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
From my “My Family Root Run Deep ” blog to you — I’d like to pass along the Happy 101 Award to your blog. I have enjoyed reading your blog so much.
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Sunday, January 31, 2010 2:00:36 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Uncovered another portrait of Phineas Gage?
It’s on you to decide if the picture on this site may be attributed to the younger Phineas Gage. Please consult and see some comparison studies and the opinions of some of the leading experts on Phineas Gage
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