Saturday, November 22, 2008

Guess Who?

This is Saturday, and this is the day that I will finally stump the Internet. I have been unsuccessful the last ten weeks in a row, but today will be the day that I succeed. Today, you get no clues from me at all. You have to figure out who the person is in the picture above. I give you no clues, no hints, no cheats, no nothing. I will be checking the comments throughout the day, to make sure that I quickly tell you that your guesses are wrong. Mark it down, November 22, the day I stumped the Internet.

11 comments:

  1. AHHHHHHHH!!!! How did you do that? You got it in 5 minutes. I thought no one would know of or remember him.

    Foiled again . . . maybe it is impossible to stump the internet.

    How did you figure it out?
    PJM

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  2. OK, Heather guessed it! Now will someone PLEASE tell me the story on this very strange picture.

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  3. I am an artist and an admirer of JMF. I wasn't sure it was him, but the picture in the background looked like his work. ;-D

    I love your site and these old pictures are wonderful!

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  4. JMF is most famous for making the 1918 World War I "I Want You" Uncle Sam recruiting poster. It has been suggested that the Uncle Sam he drew was a self portrait. I do see a similarity.
    PJM

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  5. Heheh, well, you stumped me, anyway! Great picture and nice job, Heather!

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  6. That didn't even take a 1/2 hour. I don't think it is possible to stump the internet.

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  7. I may be misreading this - but I don't think this is a case of "stumping the internet". I think it is a case of the "wisdom of crowds". Heather drew on her own personal experience and knowledge of art history to make an educated (and correct) guess at the answer. People are still better than the internet and computers. For the internet to be effective - the person on the other side of google et al still needs some cultural knowledge to get the correct answer to obscure questions. But - computers and AI are gaining on us. Have you seen the Apple iphone ad where you hold up your iPhone to a speaker and it will identify the song and artist for you?

    This is a great site. Thanks for directing me here Mr. Potter. I will go add it to our library website under image searching.

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  8. Unbelievable. I was going to guess Harry Houdini.

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  9. Was going to guess Charles Dana Gibson. Back when he had hair.

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  10. Never heard of Mr. Flagg; I was under the assumption that it was some sort of early stage version of a screwball comedy. God Bless all in Bloggerville.

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