In the January 5, 2007 edition of this newsletter, I posted an article about a photo of a man sitting on what appeared to be a dead horse. The photo came from the Sheboygan County (Wisconsin) Historical Research Center. The picture was widely circulated on the Internet and caused much speculation. You can click here to read the article. Click on the thumbnail image to the right to see a larger picture.
Using some tricks of the trade, Colleen Fitzpatrick of the Forensic Genealogy Photo Response Team, Andrew Yeiser, and Sharon Sergeant of Ancestral Manor have now determined that the picture was taken September 24, 1871, at 4:30 P.M. Incredible? All it took was an analysis by a rocket scientist (that would be Colleen Fitzpatrick) and a couple of other experts.
Janet Ortegan has now published the first part of an article in the Sheboygan Press that describes how the team made the determination of the date and time. The second half of the article next week will also give the location (on the picture) of a "full-sized steam-belching locomotive!"
You can read part #1 of the article in the Sheboygan Press.