Monday, November 8, 2010

Identifying faces in Old Photos

I was checking my notes on some of the photographs I have collected and I noticed that I have a photo for which I have not identified a key figure.

As time goes on, it become harder and harder to track down just who is in any given photo. So one of the things I have been trying to do is get names to add to the faces of the dozens of  photos I have collected before it is too late.
This photo was taken June 8th, 1934 at the dedication of the monument for J. Riley Hudson and W. Martin Conder. On the right is Apostle Charles A. Callis. But on the left is an unidentified man. At first I thought it might be Eldrigde Lee Travis, the Hampshire Branch president. But I showed this photo to one of President Travis' grandsons and was told it was not him. Brother Travis said he had too much hair. He then took my photo to another ward member who collects photos like this. She and her sister took a good look and came to the conclusion that they had no idea who it was.

I have a list of people at the dedication. Eliminating who I know it wasn't (President Travis or Elder Callis) I am down to the following possibilities; Miles L. Jones, James M. Kirkham, W. W. Cliff, A. E. Stone, Andrew Jackson Talley, James Poole Talley, W. W. Pollock, and George Tom Talley. The first four are church officials, the last four are residents of the area.

So now for the home work. I am going to get a better print of the photo and she is going to did up some photos of the other people at the dedication.


Ardis E. Parshall said...

I got nothin', Bruce -- but I have to say that as I googled around to look for pictures of these men for comparison, virtually everything I found on Google Images in connection with their names came from Amateur Mormon Historian! You da man where this whole field is concerned.

BruceCrow said...

Thanks, Ardis. The sister in my ward who has some of these men's photos in her personal collection, said she has one of Elder Cliff holding her as a baby and another of Elder Stone as well. We may be down to only private collections that just haven't made it online.

David Y. said...

Ooh! Wouldn't that be cool if there were a search engine that identified matches to photographs?! Then again, if there was only one photo out there, it wouldn't help much.

Anyhow, thanks for the post and best of luck!

BruceCrow said...

Yes, David. that would be cool.

My wife has this software that identifies faces in her pictures and then lables them for her. It bases it on her already labled photos. Most of the time it gets it right.