Jeff Phillips discovered a big pile of funky-smelling Eastman Kodak boxes containing dozens of projection trays filled with Kodachrome slides at a consignment antique shop near St. Louis. The 30 boxes contained about 1,100 slides. Only two of the slides were labeled. One said “Edna” and another was labeled as “Harry, 1958.” Those are clues but do not provide much to go on. Jeff decided to identify the people in the slides. Jeff then embarked on a crowdsourced search to identify the people in the photos by using social media. He received hundreds of suggestions from Facebook users.
Many of the comments did not help but a few provided great clues. And the end result? You need to read the story for yourself at http://harryandedna.com. Another version of the story may be found at http://www.art.org/2014/05/lost-and-found-the-search-for-harry-and-edna.
Those of us who own unidentified photographs can learn much from Jeff Phillips’ example of how to identify people.
In other news, many people still are not labeling photographs or slides.
My thanks to newsletter reader Donna Freymark for telling me about this great story.