a detective story written in photos

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.

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