Errol Morris on a photo mystery


13 Responses to “Errol Morris on a photo mystery”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Jeaguilar — THAT is cool…and that is why I remain spellbound by genealogy and old photos.

  2. TJJohn12 says:

    Make sure not to look at the footnotes, though, or you’ll see the mystery revealed.

    In my research, I’ve found J. Francis Bourns to be a pretty great shyster. I hope that Morris looks at a little of the aftermath of the discovery (I’ll avoid spoiling for those who want some of the mystery).

  3. riders says:

    Its nice and good informative,i likes its.

  4. Cochituate says:

    I love it when Genealogy pops up in one of its many guises. My great granddad didn’t fight at Gettysburg, but he and his unit (1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery) was at Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and survived those horrors.

  5. jeaguilar says:

    Those are the children of Amos Humiston, one of whose descendants is sitting on the couch next to me (my lovely wife). A 1999 book was written about him and the picture:

  6. Anonymous says:

    Here’s a link to all of Errol Morris’ work at the NY Times. The first contribution, a three-part investigation into some photos of the road in Sebastapol, is especially interesting. Reading his columns gives you a lot of insight to the mind of the man behind such wonderful documentaries.

  7. FreakCitySF says:

    calling Maury Povich….

  8. nck wntrhltr says:

    Is that the cast of The Little Rascals?

  9. Osprey101 says:

    Civil War? Heck, we don’t even know who Little Miss 1565 is.

  10. Anonymous says:

    I’ve dabbled in genealogy for most of my adult life, and identifying random photos is one of the hardest tasks those of my ilk face.

    This is a fascinating story, and I look forward to the rest of the installments.

    What a horribly bittersweet moment for his widow — to see the photo and at least know where her husband was, combined with the crushing realization that he’d never be coming home. (But sadly also somewhat of a relief to have the photograph back in her possession, given the expense and rarity of such a portrait at the time).

  11. yri says:

    Isn’t that Wednesday Addams on the right?

  12. TroofSeeker says:

    That’s my great-grampa on the left, beside his best friend Hymen Lipman (who was always losing his eraser and borrowing great-grampa’s), and the chick is a young Barbara Bush.
    The matching shirts happened because it was the only bolt of cloth the town taylor had at the time.

  13. Dedalus says:

    nooo its the three stooges a year before curly had a sex change…

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