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  •  Extraterrestrial technology or the wrong person (7+ / 0-)

    The sepia tone, in this case, was added by a separate post-processing step. And it was a very sloppy job. The lower left corner shows that the sepia wash was just splashed on the print. The top part of the picture is either physically damaged or the squeegee used to spread the sepia evenly wasn't done evenly.

    Sepia tones were popular starting in about 1895. They're still done today. The peak popularity was between 1895 and 1920.

    My guess is that this photo is from later in that period, perhaps as late as the 1930's.

    The very early pictures that show sepia tones were due to the deteriorating chemicals used in the printing process. The original prints were black and white but showed their age over time. Thus, the idea that sepia tones showed that a picture was old became popular. If this were a picture from that era (1858-1895-ish), the sepia tones would be even throughout without a hint of post-processing.

    Besides, the pressed suit, the shirt collar style, the machine-made buttonholes, and the glasses are straight out of the 20's or 30's.

    "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

    by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:46:25 PM PST

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    •  1920s (5+ / 0-)
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      would rule out my hypothesis that it's the grandson Wooten Harris (1823-1901). Maybe someone just messed up.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 04:52:15 PM PST

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      •  Another clue (4+ / 0-)
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        His glasses are deliberately tilted to prevent light reflections. IMO, the shadows reveal a couple of light sources. This means using electric floodlights which weren't available until 1910-1915 or so. Soft, diffused floodlights were even later than that.

        I doubt that this is the grandson.

        "Never wrestle with a pig: you get dirty and the pig enjoys it"

        by GrumpyOldGeek on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:16:26 PM PST

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