I pulled this one for its near-harvest cornfield in the backdrop — we drove past many on the way home from a good hiking day in Red Wing, Minnesota. Here’s to the apples and cider and pumpkins and crispy air and layers of clothing and colorful leaves that define the best season. In this photo, we see three simultaneous smiles as Donald Myers (that’s the brother of Erin’s paternal grandmother, Dortha (Myers) Pickett) appears to embrace what looks like a cute little puppy. Dortha helped identify her sister Martha (Myers) Griffin standing nearby, while their grandmother (that makes great, great g-ma for Erin), Madge (Barron) Baker sits and watches Don with a look over her shoulder.
I estimated Donald to look around 15 year old, which would make this around 1950. The location is unknown and the event can only be suspected as a family gathering, perhaps a birthday celebration for Donald as he was born October 7 of 1935. Was this a gifted pooch? I can only wonder.
There’s some fun details here — the vintage car, I haven’t yet identified.
The second detail, is another example of a photo puzzle, or as I’m going to call them, “phuzzles”. This is what I’m terming it when there is some object or item or event or thing that isn’t identified overtly, but where there are enough clues present to potentially discover the identity.
Phuzzle #1 was this one here, where we wondered what painting was in the photograph.
Phuzzle #2 was this one here, where we wondered which magazine was on the coffee table, which would facilitate a dating.
Phuzzle #3 here, is trying to figure out what document or image was in the hands of Madge:
First thought on the “..L Gibson” was Mel Gibson — which is out of time and place, right? The wording below was just fuzzy enough to be hard to read. I did the usual eye squinting and holding it at a distance and first phrase that was apparent was “famous for”. A few weeks later I came back to it and somehow “friendliness” emerged. So putting a search of Gibson and “famous for friendliness” led me to a website called “Bavarian Brewery” with historical info about a brewery in Covington, Kentucky. Randomly, they had a sales meeting at the “Hotel Gibson” and it was obvious right away from this graphic, that it was the exact same in the photo, and we solved Phuzzle #3. Clicking on the image itself, it is captioned the same way that I included below:
Photo Jacket from the Hotel Gibson, Cincinnati, OHc. 1940s. This was a cover for souvenir photographs taken at the noted hotel. Source: The Schott Collection at the Behringer – Crawford Museum.
- Any significance relating to the Hotel Gibson?
- Was this Don’s dog and the day he received him?
- Where would this be taken?