Just started subscribing to the Wall Street Journal – which is a mighty fine read. Like the Washington Post it seems to save the bottom right corner of the front page for an item of local/national (in the case of the WSJ) interest. You can find this gem here today, about a treasure trove of an El Paso portrait studios photos being plucked from obscurity. Alfonso Casasola, who died in 1948, operated a successful studio in El Paso for many years. His cousin was the photographer of the Mexican Revolution. Now a librarian has plucked this work from obscurity (viva the librarians!) and found that she could enlist the public in identifying the characters from these images. Anyone know Popeye?
I love these kinds of stories – where the community gets involved and really appreciates the value of neglected, forgotten images. You can view the images here.