Saturday, March 27, 2010

Game On

OK, it is Mystery Person day. I post the picture, you have to figure out who it is. If no one gets it in 24 hours, I win. I won last week for the first time in a long time, and today I am going for two victories in a row. If I win, I get a magnificent victory breakfast in the morning. Let the Games Begin!


  1. That's Jefferson Davis.

  2. Wow Dave, you put a quick end to my plans for a victory.

    Yes, it is Jefferson Davis.

    I had not seen this picture before, and did not recognize him.

    How did you get this?

  3. Sorry to ruin your victory breakfast, PJM. Last week's contest totally stumped me. You earned that one.

    I think I got very lucky on this one, actually.

    He did look somewhat hauntingly familiar. The style of clothing he's wearing is of the Civil War period, so that narrows it down right there. You're from Texas, so I guessed that this would possibly be a Confederate leader of some type. That was just a guess, though. Among my google results was a painting of J. Davis after the Civil War with full beard and he looks pretty similar to your photo. I had a good idea that it was Davis at that point.

    I changed the search to "Jefferson Davis after civil war" and looked at the images. The exact image you posted shows up in the results on page 2 in the top row. I didn't expect that. I expected to find a photo close enough to say that's him.


  4. I knew who it was, first time ever! I feel kinda proud of myself even if I didn't win.

  5. I too knew who it was the first moment I saw it.

  6. Good job Dave!

    It's interesting to me the historical memories we create of people in the past. Often these are associated with famous photographs (many posed).

    Lincoln is particularly notorious in this respect. He's almost always pictured in a dark coat (except for one younger photo). I recall seeing a photo of him in a lighter outfit and a straw hat in a more candid pose. He looked markedly different from the mental image I had of him. Also Disneyland did no favors to his memory when they gave the automaton a deep and slow voice. By all accounts, Lincoln had a very high pitched voice that got almost disturbingly high when he was excited.

    There's also a tendency to portray all our founding fathers with little to no accent. My guess is that men like Washington, Jefferson, Madison, etc. would have had a southern accent and would have spoken quite differently from men like Adams.

  7. Someone is getting crepe's tomorrow...


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