Saturday, August 27, 2011

Mystery Person


Ready, Set, Go!

25 comments:

  1. Good morning!

    Looks like a painting, no idea of whom.

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  2. Nate,
    No it is not Wyeth.
    PJM

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  3. Might this be a young Irving Berlin?

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  4. I think it might be George Francis Baldwin, who lived across the street from the Steinways.

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  5. A young Egon Spengler?

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  6. a Young Mark Twain???
    just a wild Guess..

    nps.

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  7. this hyar is president roosevelt's wife elnor. id recknize her ennywhar. ah sees her when she came by sayin they were agonna brin leckricity tar home. nevah happened. dadburned govment.

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  8. We still do not have a winner.

    Perhaps this will be my day to win!
    PJM

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  9. Albert Einstien (sp)???? now I am really Guessing.. but I have seen this Man before, his photo somewhere.
    nps.

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  10. Mr. PJM,

    I'm guessing you should plan your victory breakfast.

    Happy vittles!

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  11. I would hate to poison the victory breakfast, but I'll guess Clarence Richeson.

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  12. Ah... but you did thwart the celebratory breakfast, Nate, good job!

    http://capecodconfidential.com/richeson.shtml

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  13. Gosh PJM! You sure know how to pick 'em. How tragic.

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  14. WOW, Nate, how did you figure that one out?
    PJM

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  15. Well, PJM, I would be happy to explain, but before I do, let me say, I very much enjoyed your illustrator week. As a boy, I absolutely loved looking at old newspaper illustrations or comics. The Harper's and Leslie's Weekly issues from the Civil War era are particular favorites of mine - so thanks for a fun week.

    I woke up yesterday and as is now my Saturday routine when I am home, I immediately look to see who the Mystery Person might be. There was no photo yet, which is great, because it means it wasn't solved by someone while I was still asleep in the Pacific Time Zone. So I then went to prepare my "imitation is the highest form of flattery" photo contest (left over from our feuding days) on my own website.

    I returned to OPOD to find a photo up, but thankfully no guesses yet. Unfortunately, it was also a photo I did not immediately recognize which means it may be a tough one.

    I still had illustrators on my mind, but he was clearly too young to be from the Civil War era, so I started thinking he might be from the Spanish American War era or even later. He looked a little bit like a younger version of an N. C. Wyeth photo I remember seeing the last time I was at the Brandywine River Museum and to me that made sense. You are of the age that you probably read at least some of the older Scribner's Classic novels, so this would be an obvious choice if we were looking at an Illustrator Week 2. Looked at an older photo of Wyeth and thought "maybe," but looked for a younger image and could only find one that didn't look all that similar, but it was a bad photo.

    Came back to the site with only Joe checking in and figured I'd take a first guess. No good.

    Out of ready ideas, I went for a morning run. I kept thinking about the photo and what I might be missing. Thick dark wavy hair, glasses, younger guy in attire from somewhere between 1900 and 1910, smooth almost round features on the slightly pudgy side.

    Then I started thinking how you've stumped me in the past. Maybe we're not talking about an American, but perhaps based on his features he was from Central Europe or even a Cuba Redux Week. A few quick searches and I started thinking perhaps not.

    So I went on with my day and pretty much gave up, but checked in a few times to see if someone else got it. If you look at any image that much, you start seeing things. Zerelda's comment cracked me up, what did Eleanor Roosevelt look like when she was younger. Maybe something like Mystery Person?!?

    By evening it was looking like Super Villainy would triumph again, so I figured I'd go give it one last go. If I was going to get this one, I had to start thinking like you. What category might this be: presidential, no; Confederate, too young; cowboy, too soft; kid of Confederate, nah; scientist, maybe; inventor, could be; villain, perhaps; religious, hmmm. Looks like a guy who could be a reader, sitting stiff, yeah, maybe a preacher. A few searches and then in combination with murderous preachers of the early 1900s and, voila, finally came across Richeson.

    I'd like to say that I had an agent on the inside. Someone like Handsome Jack, who played dumb until you weren't looking and then did a little cloak and dagger op, but it's not the case. It's just the typical Internet gumshoeing that I've come to enjoy.

    Thanks for the fun!

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  16. Good job, Nate! (Or good bamboozle.)
    But, you're the one who got it, congratulations! It was way beyond me.

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